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Quedgeley road safety review announced

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 19, 2013

Anna Mozol, chairman of Quedgeley Parish Council, and Rachael Gardner at School Lane. Rachel's daughter was hit by an off duty paramedic in 2010.

Anna Mozol, chairman of Quedgeley Parish Council, and Rachael Gardner at School Lane. Rachel's daughter was hit by an off duty paramedic in 2010.

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Road safety in Quedgeley is being reviewed by highway engineers after a third youngster was hit by a car outside a school.

Around two weeks ago a girl was treated for a minor leg injury after an incident outside Severn Vale School, on School Lane.

It prompted county councillor Jackie Hall (C, Quedgeley) to call for a review of road safety near to the school.

Gloucestershire Highways bosses have now agreed that a review is needed.

They will assess traffic calming measures already in place and may also assess the levels of street lighting in the area.

Sally Godwin, highways manager for Gloucester, said: "We feel that a review of the current traffic calming would be useful, therefore we will be submitting a priority assessment to bid for funding from the capital programme.

"I have asked for a street lighting assessment and am awaiting the result of this."

Jackie is also having new road markings painted along with signs to warn drivers that the area is a school zone.

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  • geraint2010  |  March 19 2013, 3:24PM

    I would imagine the vast majority of Severn Vale parents and pupils, who presumably are NOT stupid, are thoroughly sick and tired of all this nonsense. School Lane, a cul-de-sac with chicanes, is just about as safe as it could be. So when stuff happens, wise up deal with it yourself, and stop blaming others for your children's carelessness.

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  • spindles12  |  March 19 2013, 1:31PM

    I wonder how much this "review of road safety" will cost and what will it show? If the study is going to be looking at the amount of humps, bumps chicanes and double yellow lines then I think they'll find that there are enough already. If, on the other hand, they are going to stand by the school in the mornings and evenings and study the way the children conduct themselves then that might be more useful. As I suggested in a previous post when this subject came up, what else could they put in place to protect the children, a man with a red flag to warn of approaching cars? Maybe the alternative is to put metal fencing all along School Lane so the children can't step out into the road but then they'd just climb through it so that would be a waste of money as well. The money for this review would be better spent teaching the children how to cross the road properly, not to mess about on the edge of the pavement or ride bicycles in a dangerous manner. If a driver hits a child who steps out in front of him, through no fault of his own, then HE is the one who gets named and shamed but the child gets away with it. Yes, some get injured whether seriously or just a bump but it still doesn't seem to sink in that they have to be more careful when going anywhere near roads, not just to and from school. Perhaps instead of getting the usual "guests" to give talks to pupils about poetry etc. the schools ought to bring someone in who has been permanently affected by one careless action that has totally changed their lives and maybe the consequences of just stepping off the kerb without looking might eventually cause them to be more careful.

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  • supernova1  |  March 19 2013, 12:55PM

    Given that from memory, two of these three 'accidents' happened to the same girl, that her friend actually tried to drag her back from dashing in front of a car, and that no driver has been prosecuted (including an off duty paramedic) for any of the situations, it's as lewipaul says, the children not the drivers. Much easier to blame someone driving a tonne and a half of 'pure death', while 'my little angel was minding her/his own business........' This blame culture has got us nowhere, so let's all start acting like adults, please. Oh, and I'd like a crossing right outside my front door please......even though I live in a very safe cul-de-sac, you never know when I might accidently be jaywalking, texting my bezzy mate....!!

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  • lewipaul  |  March 19 2013, 12:26PM

    The parents ought to start teaching their kids the green cross code and then perhaps these accidents would stop. The trouble is of course the parents set a bad example themselves, parking outside school gates ect, they would sooner blame the roads and motorists.

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