Re: Letter regarding traffic in the mornings
14 October 2019
This year we have seen a considerable increase in traffic outside school when children are being dropped off and collected. As the road gets busier so does the risk to our young people walking across the Lisneal College pedestrian crossing. Three times this year a pupil has narrowly avoided being struck by a car as they crossed the pedestrian crossing in the morning. On each occasion a driver stopped on the pedestrian zone (not permitted) to allow their child to exit the car. This led drivers behind the stationary vehicle to overtake in the zone (not permitted) resulting in near misses for our pupils. This simply cannot continue.
In order to avoid children being seriously hurt I must insist that no cars stop on the pedestrian zone to drop children off or pick them up. The pedestrian zone is clearly marked with zig-zag lines on either side of the crossing point and this area should be kept free at all times.
Could I also request that drivers using the bus lane to drop pupils off do so at the pupil entrance and not at the main front entrance. Cars often prevent buses from entering the bus lane and this leads to further congestion and danger for other road users on the main road.
The safety of our young people is paramount and I would be grateful for your co-operation in this matter. If you would like to discuss the content of this letter or have any questions, please feel free to contact me at school.
Mr M Allen