A narrow victory for school over fast drivers

A schoolgirl was knocked down on Clay Hull Road earlier this year

A schoolgirl was knocked down on Clay Hull Road earlier this year

First published in News

A BUSY road has been narrowed to cut accidents and reduce speeding.

Pupils at both Kingswood Infant School and Kingswood Junior School, in Clay Hill Road, Basildon, are set to benefit from £17,000 of traffic calming measures.

Calls were first made for Essex County Council to improve safety on the road six months ago, when a schoolgirl was knocked down by a car.

She was rushed to Basildon Hospital after running out into the road on her way to school, but fortunately escaped with minor injuries.

Site inspectors from County Hall have since visited the site and found the 30mph speed limit is regularly broken.

It comes as Basildon Council is trying to push ahead for 20mph zones to be set up outside all schools in the borough.

Andrew Gordon, Labour councillor for Nethermayne ward, said: “I’m hoping the two things together will really help.

“We will never be able to completely elimate danger but we can do little bits and bobs here and there.

“I know staff at the school and local PCSOs have been working together to highlight safety issues to parents.

“It is a busy road and we've also got the fact that the school is on a bend. To get to the school most people have to cross the road.

“I don’t believe in waiting until something terrible happens, we need to be proactive."

The road already had a footbridge and zebra crossing further along from the school, but these are rarely used.

The road narrowing scheme is likely to prevent parents parking up as they drop off or pick up their children, which has been blamed in the past for causing hazards.

A spokesman for Essex Highways said: “This scheme aims to manage traffic speeds on Clay Hill Road, outside Kingswood Infant and Junior Schools.

“The speed limit is currently 30mph but is sometimes not observed.

“Funding for the scheme has come via the local Highways Panel.”

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2:13pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

Are they going to make the footbridge that's a few paces up the road wider?
Are they going to make the footbridge that's a few paces up the road wider? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 7

2:41pm Fri 15 Aug 14

stopmoaning1 says...

It seems measures are already in place with a footbridge and crossing just up the road.
Once again, the general taxpayer is funding a scheme because others are behaving irresponsibly.
The road narrowing means the motorist suffers all day every day for a problem lasting about an hour a day in school term only, a problem easily resolved by the lazy parents walking a few extra paces to use the bridge.
Make the parents who can't be bothered to walk a few extra paces pay it themselves, I'll bet that see's an increase in the use of the bridge and crossing
It seems measures are already in place with a footbridge and crossing just up the road. Once again, the general taxpayer is funding a scheme because others are behaving irresponsibly. The road narrowing means the motorist suffers all day every day for a problem lasting about an hour a day in school term only, a problem easily resolved by the lazy parents walking a few extra paces to use the bridge. Make the parents who can't be bothered to walk a few extra paces pay it themselves, I'll bet that see's an increase in the use of the bridge and crossing stopmoaning1
  • Score: 21

4:27pm Fri 15 Aug 14

n-unknown says...

The footbridge isn't used because the parents are lazy and can't be arsed, and see crossing the road as an easy and quick option.

Place another crossing directly outside the school entrance with someone there during school hours if needs be. That'll be the easiest, smarted, cheapest and most sensible option which will benefit all those living nearby.

Failing the above, put a proper fence up the whole way along the side of the footpath (on the school side) to stop the kids from being able to run on the road. At least then you can ensure that they HAVE to use the footbridge or a proper crossing.

If the 'narrowing' is going to be anything like Sparrows Herne, then narrowing the road will be useless simply because people speed up to try and get round the restriction before an oncoming car.
The footbridge isn't used because the parents are lazy and can't be arsed, and see crossing the road as an easy and quick option. Place another crossing directly outside the school entrance with someone there during school hours if needs be. That'll be the easiest, smarted, cheapest and most sensible option which will benefit all those living nearby. Failing the above, put a proper fence up the whole way along the side of the footpath (on the school side) to stop the kids from being able to run on the road. At least then you can ensure that they HAVE to use the footbridge or a proper crossing. If the 'narrowing' is going to be anything like Sparrows Herne, then narrowing the road will be useless simply because people speed up to try and get round the restriction before an oncoming car. n-unknown
  • Score: 10

5:22pm Fri 15 Aug 14

runwellian says...

Put speed cameras on every road and use fine the money for making environments more safe.
Put speed cameras on every road and use fine the money for making environments more safe. runwellian
  • Score: -5

6:05pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

Large speed humps as well please, sorry for the inconvenience, but a Childs life is at stake here.
Hate it that much ? go and find yourself an alternative route - simples.
Large speed humps as well please, sorry for the inconvenience, but a Childs life is at stake here. Hate it that much ? go and find yourself an alternative route - simples. Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: -10

6:52pm Fri 15 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

runwellian wrote:
Put speed cameras on every road and use fine the money for making environments more safe.
Grommar....
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: Put speed cameras on every road and use fine the money for making environments more safe.[/p][/quote]Grommar.... sesibollox
  • Score: 0

9:02pm Fri 15 Aug 14

rayleigh-girl says...

n-unknown wrote:
The footbridge isn't used because the parents are lazy and can't be arsed, and see crossing the road as an easy and quick option.

Place another crossing directly outside the school entrance with someone there during school hours if needs be. That'll be the easiest, smarted, cheapest and most sensible option which will benefit all those living nearby.

Failing the above, put a proper fence up the whole way along the side of the footpath (on the school side) to stop the kids from being able to run on the road. At least then you can ensure that they HAVE to use the footbridge or a proper crossing.

If the 'narrowing' is going to be anything like Sparrows Herne, then narrowing the road will be useless simply because people speed up to try and get round the restriction before an oncoming car.
The "narrowing" in question is really only " we made the pavement about a foot wider" (oh and provided couple of railings and a dropped kerb to encourage people to cross here). It's still perfectly easy to get two vehicles through in each direction at the same time, which in my eyes means this was £17k pointlessly spent.
As you say, if people weren't so lazy and used the footbridge or zebra crossing provided, none of this would have been necessary!
[quote][p][bold]n-unknown[/bold] wrote: The footbridge isn't used because the parents are lazy and can't be arsed, and see crossing the road as an easy and quick option. Place another crossing directly outside the school entrance with someone there during school hours if needs be. That'll be the easiest, smarted, cheapest and most sensible option which will benefit all those living nearby. Failing the above, put a proper fence up the whole way along the side of the footpath (on the school side) to stop the kids from being able to run on the road. At least then you can ensure that they HAVE to use the footbridge or a proper crossing. If the 'narrowing' is going to be anything like Sparrows Herne, then narrowing the road will be useless simply because people speed up to try and get round the restriction before an oncoming car.[/p][/quote]The "narrowing" in question is really only " we made the pavement about a foot wider" (oh and provided couple of railings and a dropped kerb to encourage people to cross here). It's still perfectly easy to get two vehicles through in each direction at the same time, which in my eyes means this was £17k pointlessly spent. As you say, if people weren't so lazy and used the footbridge or zebra crossing provided, none of this would have been necessary! rayleigh-girl
  • Score: 6

3:02pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Mikkel1 says...

The 20mph limits need to BE Policed, IF they are to work. Where I live, 95% of drivers feel THEY are exempt and speed through, INCLUDING the local Police who I have Seen doing so, and NOT on an emergency call.
The 20mph limits need to BE Policed, IF they are to work. Where I live, 95% of drivers feel THEY are exempt and speed through, INCLUDING the local Police who I have Seen doing so, and NOT on an emergency call. Mikkel1
  • Score: -2

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