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Don’t let it happen again

Swindon Advertiser: Sarah Evans, head of Moredon speedwatch, left,  with Thirza Noden at the site of the fatal accident Sarah Evans, head of Moredon speedwatch, left, with Thirza Noden at the site of the fatal accident

A CAMPAIGN to improve the safety of a road close to where Caitlin Hunt was killed after being hit by a bus last week is gathering momentum.

The nine-year-old was struck near to a raised section of Moredon Road and her parents want the road system to be made clearer to motorists to prevent anyone else from suffering the same fate.

Now the head of Moredon Speedwatch has come out in support of the campaign and been in contact with the family to help set up a petition on the issue.

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Caitlin Hunt

Sarah Evans has said it is important something is done so further accidents can be prevented.

She said: “The problem is it is not a crossing but it looks to many people like it is. Because the road is on the same level as the pavement, people assume it is a crossing.

“It is a speed calming measure for which it is quite effective. This was not a speed related accident but it is vital we make sure at least something good comes from this tragedy.

“A lot of people have said this has been a problem for a while so I hope we can do something about it.”

As well as helping with the petition, Sarah is also organising a meeting between residents, councillors and the police to discuss what can be done.

“We have the crossing, which has traffic lights opposite the school, but as that is raised as well possibly this is where the confusion comes from,” said Sarah.

“I want to set up a meeting with the police, councillors and the council to see what we can do about this and have spoken with Caitlin’s mum about helping her with a petition.

“Hopefully, if we can get people behind it then something can be done before anything else happens.”

Coun Peter Watts (Lab, Rodbourne Cheney) said: “In my opinion the council officers should look at it and conduct a safety assessment on the whole shopping precinct to see what they can do to make the whole thing safer.

“I very much support the work of the Moredon Speedwatch and will be working with officers to help them with the assessment.”

Funds are still being collected for Caitlin’s funeral and over today and tomorrow Skin Kandy Tattoo Shop on Cheney Manor Road will be holding a series of events to raise money.

The online collection closed on Tuesday having raised more than £1,500. Money, however, can still be donated via the tins in the tattoo shop.

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7:27am Thu 27 Mar 14

John~R says...

I'm unfamiliar with this location but would assume, from the appearance, that vehicles and pedestrians have equal rights.
I'm unfamiliar with this location but would assume, from the appearance, that vehicles and pedestrians have equal rights. John~R
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3:47pm Thu 27 Mar 14

benzss says...

John~R wrote:
I'm unfamiliar with this location but would assume, from the appearance, that vehicles and pedestrians have equal rights.
Unfortunately it is merely a short 20mph zone. There is a set of traffic lights near the roundabout, though.
[quote][p][bold]John~R[/bold] wrote: I'm unfamiliar with this location but would assume, from the appearance, that vehicles and pedestrians have equal rights.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately it is merely a short 20mph zone. There is a set of traffic lights near the roundabout, though. benzss
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10:17pm Thu 27 Mar 14

timt1964 says...

what is meant by "make the system clearer to motorists"? its a road that traffic goes along,how clear does it have to be? motorists and pedestrians should be aware of the road they are on or near but unfortunately especially near schools(mostly secondary schools) the children seem to be oblivious to their own safety and cross the road in groups assuming motorists will have to stop or should stop for them.Before the adver internet vigilantes have a go,i am in no way at all belittling what happened last week,it would appear to have been a terrible tragic accident and our hearts go out to all involved.im just saying that because an accident occurs there is always a queue of do gooders who have the joy of hindsight but overlook the simple fact that this road is not anymore dangerous than any other.if anything,people may think twice now because of whats happened.a lot of drivers in swindon need to learn a bit of patience like the old guy behind me today on thamesdown drive,flashing his lights and weaving all over the road because i dared to be in front of him.
what is meant by "make the system clearer to motorists"? its a road that traffic goes along,how clear does it have to be? motorists and pedestrians should be aware of the road they are on or near but unfortunately especially near schools(mostly secondary schools) the children seem to be oblivious to their own safety and cross the road in groups assuming motorists will have to stop or should stop for them.Before the adver internet vigilantes have a go,i am in no way at all belittling what happened last week,it would appear to have been a terrible tragic accident and our hearts go out to all involved.im just saying that because an accident occurs there is always a queue of do gooders who have the joy of hindsight but overlook the simple fact that this road is not anymore dangerous than any other.if anything,people may think twice now because of whats happened.a lot of drivers in swindon need to learn a bit of patience like the old guy behind me today on thamesdown drive,flashing his lights and weaving all over the road because i dared to be in front of him. timt1964
  • Score: 2

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