Road campaign joy for parents

Sir James Knott Nursery parents celebrate having a pedestrian crossing made on the main road outside the nursery at North Shields.

Sir James Knott Nursery parents celebrate having a pedestrian crossing made on the main road outside the nursery at North Shields.

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PARENTS are celebrating now their calls for a crossing on a busy road outside a North Shields nursery have been heeded.

The Friends of Sir James Knott Nursery School and Children’s Centre launched a campaign earlier this year urging North Tyneside Council to make getting across Tynemouth Road safer for pedestrians.

Parents and staff were concerned that the current island crossing was too small and that the 20mph speed limit was being ignored by some drivers.

The group, pictured, called for a crossing to be installed, gathering more than 400 names on a petition, and their campaign has paid off as the council has now agreed to their request. The crossing will be fitted this summer.

Campaign leader Georgie Kernoham, a mother of three, said: “With no other safe crossing between the lights outside the King’s School and the law courts, parents had no other option but to cross here.

“We are absolutely delighted that the council has listened to our concerns and that the findings of their traffic survey demonstrated the real need for an electronic crossing.

“We would also like to thank all the people who showed their support and signed our petition.”

Sue Hucker, headteacher at the nursery, added: “Having a safe place for our children to cross the road is fundamental. We are grateful to the council for its speedy response.”