‘If something isn’t done, there will be an accident’ - push for crossing at Hitchin school

The William Ransom Primary School in Hitchin

The William Ransom Primary School in Hitchin - Credit: Daniel Wilson

PARENTS pushing for a crossing near their children’s school say if something is not done soon there will be an accident.

Most William Ransom pupils have to cross a busy road if walking to school.

Parents say they are worried about their children’s safety and have started a petition calling for action to be taken at the Hitchin site.

They will present the petition, which has collected about 350 signatures, to Herts County Council on Tuesday.

Headteacher Mary Driver said: “Most children have to cross Wymondley Road, which is a very busy road, particularly in the mornings when people use it as a cut-through to Stevenage.

“A lot of parents feel it stops children being able to walk to school on their own. A lot of the older children need to be encouraged to walk before they go to secondary school.

“I completely support them in it. It only takes an accident and then people will do something about it. But we shouldn’t have to wait for an accident.”

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Nearby schools have also been asked to support the petition, and parents there have also given their support.

It was launched by William Ransom school governor and parent Funda Shibli.

She said: “There are a number of things that could go on that road, but for our kids, we feel a zebra crossing is best.

“It (the petition) has been really positive. Pedestrians, commuters, parents, they have all been really supportive of it.”

The petition, which is available to sign online at www.change.org has attracted many comments from concerned parents.

Maria Sandra Prior Darbonnens said: “I worry for mine and other local families, especially the children who every day cross this busy road to and from school.

“You can see cars that often speed and overtake. I believe a zebra crossing will make the crossing safer and could prevent a terrible accident.”

And Sonia Bloom posted on the petition website: “Living in Manor Crescent, we see the speed at which vehicles travel on Wymondley Road and being grandparents are concerned for the safety of children having to cross this busy road.”

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