Council calls for safety measures

Horton Grange Primary School in Blyth.
Horton Grange Primary School in Blyth.
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New measures could be introduced to reduce the number of road accidents involving students.

Officials at Northumberland County Council have called for meetings with two Blyth schools after a second youngster suffered serious injuries in a road traffic accident.

A 15-year-old girl was hit by a bus on Tynedale Drive earlier this month, just weeks after a ten-year-old boy was knocked down outside Horton Grange Primary School.

Northumberland County Council leader, Grant Davey, said: “We have requested a meeting with representatives of Horton Grange Primary School and The Dales School as soon as possible.

“Promoting safe crossing amongst pupils needs to be undertaken as a partnership between schools, parents and the council and we want to do everything we can with all partners to improve safety and prevent accidents.

“We will be looking very closely at all road safety issues and the potential to make any improvements in the area around the schools and this may involve improvements to the walking routes or the introduction of further yellow lines on Cowpen Road to improve sight lines.

“Council road safety officers will work with pupils at the schools to promote walking and cycling to school where it is appropriate and we will also be liaising with the schools to offer child pedestrian road safety training.

“Horton Grange school has an agreement with Asda for parents to use their car park, which eliminates the need to cross Cowpen Road.”