Action call after two children hit by cars outside Doncaster school

Worried parents are calling on Doncaster Council to take action after two children were hit by cars on the road outside a school.

Friday, 22nd January 2016, 10:00 am
Updated Friday, 22nd January 2016, 10:09 am
Parents are calling for a pedestrian crossing to be installed outside Outwood Academy, after two children were hit by cars just outside.

The latest collision occurred at around 2.30pm on January 13, when an Outwood Academy pupil was hit by a car just outside the school, which is on the A638 in Adwick.

They were taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary, where they were treated for ‘non-serious’ injuries

The previous incident occurred in November, when another student also sustained injuries in a crash just outside the school.

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The incidents have prompted calls from parents and pupils for a pedestrian crossing on Windmill Balk Lane to make the road safer.

More than 450 people have signed an online petition calling for improved safety measures.

Set up by Doncaster resident Jon Moorcroft, the petition states: “The situation could be remedied with a crossing, the cost of which would be far less than the potential disaster that is

waiting to happen, the cost of a child seriously injured or worse.

“We call upon Ros Jones, Jo Miller and the council to ensure our children are able to walk safely to and from school without the risk of being run over.”

A spokesman for Outwood Academy said the school takes the safety of their students ‘very seriously’.

They added: “We work hard to ensure they are safe at all times. Senior members of staff are on duty at entry and exit points at the start and end of every Academy day, and we would support any measures to secure more crossing points, which assist our students in crossing roads close to the Academy site.”

The council’s assistant director of environment, Gill Gillies, said: “We are concerned by the recent incident involving a pupil at Outwood Academy and are looking into events to determine what happened and will be dealing with the petition under normal council procedures.

“We constantly review the road safety situation across Doncaster and any emerging patterns are taken very seriously. Once we have full details of this incident and have conducted investigations we will consider whether any changes to the road are necessary.

"We are committed to making all roads in Doncaster as safe as possible, in order to minimise traffic-related incidents. We will continue to work hard to achieve this.”

To sign the petition, click here.