Speeding drivers put pupils’ lives at risk

Geoff Barnes is campaigning for a lower speed limit outside De Aston School in Market Rasen EMN-150424-102854001
Geoff Barnes is campaigning for a lower speed limit outside De Aston School in Market Rasen EMN-150424-102854001

The road outside a busy secondary school is an “accident waiting to happen”, says Market Rasen’s Green Party parliamentary candidate.

Geoff Barnes says it is only a matter of time before a pupil from Market Rasen’s De Aston School is hit by a car on the Willingham Road.

Mr Barnes, who has seen groups of pupils struggling to cross the road, said it was a disgrace nothing had been done to improve pedestrian safety.

He said: “It’s quite a hazard. I’ve seen how difficult some of the children are finding it to cross the road because cars are going well above the speed limit.

“There never used to be so many houses across that side but now that there are and a lot more children have to cross the road, something needs to be done to address it.”

Mr Barnes, whose step son starts De Aston School in September, thinks the road outside of the school should have a 20mph speed limit.

He said failing that then more needed to be done to get traffic to stick to the current 30mph speed limit.

He said: “Cars drive along there at 50mph. I’m going to do whatever I can to sort this out. Often councillors don’t do anything about things like this until something happens. It needs sorting before there’s an accident.”

De Aston School assistant headteacher Steve Bunney said: “The speed of vehicles along the Willingham Road is high and is worrying - particularly as we’ve got more people now crossing the road as De Aston Park is developed.”

Speaking as a member of Market Rasen Town Council, Coun Bunney said: “We’re currently, as a council, concerned about the speed of traffic coming in from the Louth road as you head across Crane Bridge into town.”

A Lincolnshire County Council highways spokesman said: “We feel that there’s more than appropriate signage there and if drivers are breaking that (30mph limit) then it’s a matter for the police.”

A Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership spokesman said that in the past five years there has only been one incident within 300m either side of the school - in September 2012 a tractor trailer struck a glancing blow to a car. He said: “This occurred outside of school hours in the late evening, the car driver suffered a ‘slight’ injury.”