New crossing set to end fears over danger road

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS       'Pictured on Park Road, Chorley, from left, County Councillor Mark Perks with Jennifer, Alistair and Grace (5) Cain
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS 'Pictured on Park Road, Chorley, from left, County Councillor Mark Perks with Jennifer, Alistair and Grace (5) Cain

Years of worries over children crossing a busy Chorley road are set to come to an end.

Parents living on Park Road have been campaigning for traffic-calming measures along the school route for five years.

This week they told of their delight that a zebra crossing is finally set to be installed there.

Lancashire County Council has agreed to spend £19,000 on the scheme.

Dad-of-two Alistair Cain, 41, worked with county councillor Mark Perks to push the move forward.

He said: “It’s been obvious for so long that something is needed to make the road safer for children to cross.

“I take my five-year-old and seven-year-old to St Laurence’s Primary School, and there’s no other way to get across Park Road than to wait for drivers to stop and let us get past.

“Sometimes that can take quite a while though, especially during rush hour. It’s a real problem.”

Alistair, who is also a school governor at St Laurence’s, said that the busy road makes it impossible for the school to start a ‘walking bus’.

“It’s hard enough trying to get two children across,” he said. “Never mind 10. I’m hopeful the zebra crossing will make the area much safer.”

Chair of the school governors, Karen Pemberton, says the move will now pave the way for more positive steps.

She said: “I think the route has put people off walking to school in the past, but we’re now hoping to promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage parents to walk with their children instead of drive. It’ll be so much safer with a zebra crossing.”

Vali Birang, head of sustainable transport and safety for LCC, said: “We will be installing the crossing this financial year.

“We first need to carry out consultation and design to determine where exactly it will be placed.”