Headteacher backs calls for Eaton Socon road safety improvements

A HEADTEACHER is backing a campaign to introduce safety measures along a dangerous road used by children walking to and from school. For more than three years Mark Jones has been demanding road safety improvements are introduced at the Mill Hill rounda

A HEADTEACHER is backing a campaign to introduce safety measures along a "dangerous road" used by children walking to and from school.

For more than three years Mark Jones has been demanding road safety improvements are introduced at the Mill Hill roundabout in Eaton Ford.

The father of two, whose children use the route, believes the section of Duloe Road close to the roundabout is dangerous for families to cross. He said visibility at the roundabout is poor, traffic enters it too fast and larger vehicles often drive over the paved roundabout.

Mr Jones, who works for the Highways Agency in Bedford and lives in Eaton Ford said: "People are very often seen braking and almost hitting people as they try and dash across the road.


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"The road crossing is dangerous but still nothing is going to be done until someone dies."

Headteacher of nearby Crosshall Infant School, Debbie James, is backing his campaign.

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She believes the junction is "tricky" to cross and added: "We carried out a parental survey in November for the school travel plan and in this, parents highlighted concerns about the dangers of crossing at the roundabout. The school is keen to encourage more families to walk to school so we are happy to support Mr Jones."

Nearly 300 people have signed a petition calling for improvements by a lack of money at Cambridgeshire County Council would have to be overcome.

Huntingdonshire traffic management area joint committee, which oversees road improvement schemes, has also said the site does not meet the required criteria to justify a new crossing.

A spokesman for CCC said engineers had investigated minor improvements, including a footway extension and alterations to kerbs, and had suggested it could be funded by St Neots Town Council but they had not yet heard back from the town council.

Town councillor for Eaton Ford, Cllr Barry Chapman said: "We are continuing to press for safety measures at the roundabout. Genuine concerns for the safety of children travelling to and from school need to be addressed.

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