A PETITION calling for a pedestrian crossing for children on a busy Caversham road has been signed by more than
A PETITION calling for a pedestrian crossing for children on a busy Caversham road has been signed by more than 500 people in less than two months.
Campaigner Anne Beauchamp started a campaign for a crossing in Rotherfield Way, which is regularly used by pupils at Highdown School in Emmer Green and the Hill Primary School.
It followed an incident in November when a year seven pupil at Highdown was struck by a car in the street. This followed several near-misses.
Mrs Beauchamp, whose four-year-old son Sam attends the Hill primary, is supported by parents and Emmer Green Residents’ Association.
She has handed the petition to Reading Borough Council’s traffic sub-committee.
Mrs Beauchamp said: “Children from two primary schools and a secondary school use that road twice a day and the traffic goes too fast. As a pedestrian, you feel like the cars are whizzing past you.
“If there was a safe crossing place we wouldn’t have to worry about the road quite so much. If something isn’t done there will be a much more serious accident.”
Meanwhile, the council has also been presented with a petition calling for a better crossing in Gosbrook Road, Caversham, by resident Ed Hogan, who said: “It’s vital that the council looks to improve safety here.”