Work starts on road safety project

Karen Lee on site of the new zebra crossing in Tynemouth.
Karen Lee on site of the new zebra crossing in Tynemouth.

Residents are celebrating after a successful campaign to introduce a new feature in their village.

Work has started on a new zebra crossing to improve the safety of children accessing a Tynemouth school.

More than 1,000 people signed a petition to create a zebra crossing at Percy Park Road after concerns were raised about the safety of children attending nearby Kings Priory First School.

Construction of the new crossing started last week and is expected to be completed within the next few weeks.

And campaigners are hoping that as well as improving safety, it will also encourage drivers to stay below the 20mph speed limit.

Karen Lee, who campaigned for the crossing and is running for the Cullercoats ward in the forthcoming Local Elections, said: “We are delighted that by working together we have got this crossing.

“It could mean the difference between life and death for these children, so it’s excellent to see work beginning on the creation of the zebra crossing.

“This will calm the traffic on Percy Park Road and increase the safety of the children accessing the school nearby.

“Every morning hundreds of children and their parents cross the street to get access to the school.

“There is heavy traffic on this road, often driving at higher speeds which may lead to an accident.

Maurice Duffy, from Tynemouth consultancy firm Blackswan, whose six-year-old son Ethan attends the school, added: “That is a very busy road.

“It has a 20mph speed limit but people don’t comply with it.

“There is also a high level of parking in the area and a number of road junctions. There are children and elderly people using that road 24/7 and I myself try to cross it every day with my son.

“It’s very dangerous.

“There is no visibility and you have to go out onto the carriageway to see if any cars are coming.

“It’s great news that a new crossing is being created.”

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Children should be able to walk to and from school safely and this is a priority for North Tyneside Council and the reason why I launched a campaign last year calling on drivers to take extra care around our schools.

“I am pleased that we have worked with the parents and local residents in Tynemouth to install the zebra crossing on Percy Park Road.

“Once complete, it’ll make the road much easier to cross, as well as improving safety for pedestrians, road users, and especially for our children.”