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Safe crossings come for pupils at The Suthers School site, Fernwood

A new crossing is being installed to enable children to get to and from the town’s newest secondary school safely.

The work, hoped to aid pupils at The Suthers School, Fernwood, will take up to four weeks. It began last Monday.

HIGHWAYS works have begun on safe crossings for Suthers School pupils.
HIGHWAYS works have begun on safe crossings for Suthers School pupils.

It sees the installation of a puffin crossing — fitted with smart sensors ­— over Great North Road, north of its junction with Cross Lane near Lancaster Grange Care Home.

Safety measures put in place for pupils walking to and from the school had been questioned by parents.

The school was based on the Toot Hill School site in Bingham while construction took place on Fernwood.

Pupils began attending the new school this month and teachers have been marshalling the students across busy roundabouts on the B6326.

The B6326 has two mini roundabouts at Fernwood, both with four or more exits, which are busiest during rush hour times as traffic comes in and out of Fernwood, as well as to and from the the A1.

Prior to the works being carried out, parents raised their concerns and the school itself failed to respond to the Advertiser when those concerns were raised.

One parent, Katrina Thompson, said the lack of signage and safe road crossings near the Fernwood school raised serious concerns among parents.

She said: “There is no signage to say children crossing, no speed restrictions in place, and no measures to protect our children’s safety whatsoever.

“Myself and many other parents are seriously concerned about the road crossings — it is a 60mph road.

“The school was built in six to eight months, so a whole new building could be put in place, but the children’s safety is still in jeopardy.

"We just want that peace of mind that our children are getting to school safely.”

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