Pupils’ walk to school is too dangerous

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A popular route for children walking to school is finally to be made safer for pupils in Wootton.

A petition signed by more than 300 people was handed to Bedford Borough Council complaining about the safety of the walk to school.

The biggest problem is busy Fields Road, which is the main route used to access Wootton Lower School.

Cars speed along the 30mph road at up to 45mph, say parents,.

Now council officers have agreed to investigate options including a pelican crossing and providing an alternative walking route across a safer area.

Wootton ward councillor John Wheeler has been campaigning for the improvements.

He said: “Fields Road is currently not a safe route for parents, guardians and pupils to use when walking to Wootton Lower School each day.

“There is a demonstrable speeding problem, particularly around the beginning and end of the school day, with some vehicles recorded travelling at 45mph on a 30mph road. “

Councillor Wheeler said a number of collisions have also been recorded in recent years.

He said: “I was pleased to bring together a range of interested parties to discuss how we can secure a safe route to school. I am now confident that in the months ahead we find a way of putting the brake on speeding vehicles on Fields Road whilst exploring alternative walking routes in the village.”