Dad’s fear over dangerous road
A CONCERNED father believes children s lives are being put at risk by the lack of a safety measures on a St Neots road. Mark Jones believes the section of Duloe Road, next to Mill Hill Road roundabout in Eaton Ford, is too dangerous for families and elder
A CONCERNED father believes children's lives are being put at risk by the lack of a safety measures on a St Neots road.
Mark Jones believes the section of Duloe Road, next to Mill Hill Road roundabout in Eaton Ford, is too dangerous for families and elderly people to cross.
He claims the traffic needs to be slowed down and hedges removed to help increase visibility for pedestrians trying to cross the road.
Mr Jones said his wife uses the route with his two children on their way to Crosshall Infants and Crosshall Junior Schools.
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"Something needs to be done at the Duloe Road side of the roundabout before someone is killed," he said. "The county council seem more concerned about major roads because a lot more people die on major roads, which I appreciate. But you can't just forget about the fact that some people may die on local roads because we've ignored safety."
He added: "I have been asking Cambridgeshire County Council since December 2007 to put something on the roundabout or some kind of flashing beacon. There needs to be something to slow cars down on the approach to the roundabout during peak hours.
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"It is easy to miss small children and the elderly trying to cross the road from this angle as the corner has massive bushes around it. The amount of times you have to dash across is ludicrous.
"All that needs to be done is the hedge to be taken down at the top of Mill Hill roundabout or surely some other innovative idea on the roundabout itself."
The hedge has been trimmed back but Mr Jones says the road is still not safe enough to cross.
St Neots town Councillor Barry Chapman has offered his support to Mr Jones. Cllr Chapman told The Hunts Post: "It is a very dangerous place to cross and it is an accident waiting to happen. How can we expect parents to walk their children to school when we can not provide a safe route for them to use."
He intends to raise the issue with the town council in the summer in the hope of obtaining funding for safety improvements for the road.
A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "The safety of children is important to us. In this particular instance we have suggested to Mr Jones that there a number of options he can explore. I would suggest he contacts the town council to ask them if they would consider putting a scheme forward to our Jointly Funded Minor Highway Improvements programme in the summer."
A spokesman for Crosshall Junior School said they had not received any complaints about safety on that stretch of road.