Parents demand improved safety at road crossing

Calls for safety improvements to a busy road crossing used daily by schoolchildren are being backed by a local MP.

A total of 450 parents and local residents have signed a petition calling for urgent action to be taken before someone is seriously hurt or killed trying to cross the main road into Ashington at the west end of the town.

Campaigners say they want a pedestrian crossing to force drivers to stop and give way to people trying to cross the road, which they say will eventually carry even more traffic when a direct link to the A1 is built by-passing north of Morpeth.

The petition was handed to Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery, head of Bothal School Andy Roberts, and local county councillors Lynn Grimshaw and Brian Gallagher.

The petition will now be forwarded to Northumberland County Council along with a letter of support from Mr Lavery.

“Urgent action needs to be taken before someone is hurt trying to cross this road,” he said.

“It carries a lot of traffic into Ashington from Morpeth and serious concerns have been expressed to me about the safety of pedestrians.

“Not only is the school very close by but a lot of elderly people live in the vicinity as well. So calls for road safety improvements have my full support.”

Coun Gallagher said once the new road is built taking traffic from the top of the Whorral Bank onto the A1 north of Morpeth, the road into Ashington will be even busier.

“A lollipop person is stationed at the crossing at peak school times, but for the rest of the day people are taking their lives into their hands trying to cross this road,” he added.