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Parents raise fears over safety at junction

Swindon Advertiser: The raised platform that worries mums The raised platform that worries mums

PARENTS have spoken of their concern for road safety at the Moredon Road junction where Caitlin Hunt died.

The nine-year-old was hit by a bus on Moredon Road, close to Blair Parade, shortly before 6pm on Tuesday.

The point where Church Walk meets Moredon Road has a raised platform which brings the road surface level with the pavement. Mums collecting children – some of whom were Caitlin’s classmates – from Rodbourne Cheney Primary School, said it was an accident waiting to happen.

Lisa Clarke, 26, a mum-of-three, said: “I have always thought it’s dangerous. All of this area is dangerous for the children with the roundabout and busy roads.”

Sarah Yates, 27, also a mum-of-three, said: “There should be a fence put down the whole length of this road (Moredon Road) to the junction (with Church Walk).

“You always worry about your kids when they come out of school.”

Mum-of-two Louise McCarthy, 31, said: “It looks like a crossing to kids and they might think they can cross without any issues. It’s just so, so shocking.”

A Swindon Council spokesman said: “The traffic calming measures were introduced in late 2007 to reduce the number of accidents. As a result, a series of consultation events were held prior to the scheme being approved.

“The measures were put in place following a cluster of accidents in the vicinity of Blair Parade between May 2000 and May 2005. During this period there were nine accidents resulting in injuries, two of which were serious.

“Over the most recent five-year period since the speed tables and 20mph limit were introduced, there has been one slight accident, prior to the latest tragedy.”

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7:15am Thu 20 Mar 14

stfcdod says...

Our thoughts have to be with the family for their terrible loss above anything else.
Having said that, there are similar 'traffic calming measures', in the Gorse Hill area and concerns were expressed at the time they were constructed. They are neither one thing nor the other and cause confusion. Motorists aren't sure if they should stop and pedestrians are unsure whether or not to cross the road. Kids would think they are safe places to cross if their parents tell them that's where they should cross. The only surprise is that it's taken so long for a truly dreadful incident to occur.
Our thoughts have to be with the family for their terrible loss above anything else. Having said that, there are similar 'traffic calming measures', in the Gorse Hill area and concerns were expressed at the time they were constructed. They are neither one thing nor the other and cause confusion. Motorists aren't sure if they should stop and pedestrians are unsure whether or not to cross the road. Kids would think they are safe places to cross if their parents tell them that's where they should cross. The only surprise is that it's taken so long for a truly dreadful incident to occur. stfcdod
  • Score: 7

8:07am Thu 20 Mar 14

lanmarion says...

trouble is , these what are supposed to be called calming measures and slow traffic down are totally a waste of time.ok, maybe the little girl was at fault or the bus driver only no one can really put the blame at either party for this tragic accident unless someone saw what actually happened.
R.I.P Caitlin
trouble is , these what are supposed to be called calming measures and slow traffic down are totally a waste of time.ok, maybe the little girl was at fault or the bus driver only no one can really put the blame at either party for this tragic accident unless someone saw what actually happened. R.I.P Caitlin lanmarion
  • Score: 4

8:27am Thu 20 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

Not sure this junction is any more dangerous than a lot of others, it is usually just a knee jerk reaction when something happens. If you dont look where you are going, that can sadly happen anywhere.
Not sure this junction is any more dangerous than a lot of others, it is usually just a knee jerk reaction when something happens. If you dont look where you are going, that can sadly happen anywhere. house on the hill
  • Score: 7

8:48am Thu 20 Mar 14

PaulD says...

these raised tables can give the visual impression that the pavement contnues across the road and that it is the cars that need to give way (like a zebra crossing). This is clearly not the case and changing these designs ought to be considered
these raised tables can give the visual impression that the pavement contnues across the road and that it is the cars that need to give way (like a zebra crossing). This is clearly not the case and changing these designs ought to be considered PaulD
  • Score: 10

9:28am Thu 20 Mar 14

swindondad says...

A tragedy for all involved.

I do not think that this road with its 20 mph speed limit and traffic calming is particularly dangerous it is just that all roads have the potential for accidents and children MUST be taught road safety and not allowed out without adult supervision until they have proved their competence.
A tragedy for all involved. I do not think that this road with its 20 mph speed limit and traffic calming is particularly dangerous it is just that all roads have the potential for accidents and children MUST be taught road safety and not allowed out without adult supervision until they have proved their competence. swindondad
  • Score: 25

10:51am Thu 20 Mar 14

Robh says...

Another road designed by idiots so don't blame the drivers.
Another road designed by idiots so don't blame the drivers. Robh
  • Score: 0

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