Safety calls outside town primary school pay off

Councillor Kieron Mallon and Queensway headteacher Sarah Jakeman NNL-140404-135719001
Councillor Kieron Mallon and Queensway headteacher Sarah Jakeman NNL-140404-135719001

New electronic warning signs are to be installed outside a Banbury school following a campaign urging for traffic calming measures.

Queensway Primary School in Brantwood Rise requested a road safety review by Oxfordshire County Council in December last year and safety calls were stepped up in January after a car collided with a four-year-old pupil outside the school.

Easington councillor Kieron Mallon has supported the campaign, which will see new electronic warning signs installed on Queensway in September.

Mr Mallon said: “A lot of children and parents access the school from the Queensway entrance as well as the main entrance on Brantwood Rise. Cars travelling along Queensway are not always aware of any potential danger so we hope this new initiative will help road safety at peak times.”

Mr Mallon and Queensway headteacher Sarah Jakeman have been working with the county council to find a solution to the concerns and a decision has now been made to install vehicle activated signs (VAS), warning motorists and drawing attention to the school and crossing points.

The VAS provides a parttime advisory 20mph limit outside schools and the sign includes flashing school warning signals. Miss Jakeman said: “Queensway is a busy road with lots of children walking along it. The governors, with the parents support, requested a review of the road safety around the school last year and are extremely pleased with the outcome. We will continue to work with the Oxfordshire Road Safety team in giving advice to parents about getting their child to and from school safely.”