Action on traffic demand

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A SHEFFIELD mum is launching a protest petition demanding speed bumps on a busy suburban street after an 11-year-old boy was knocked down by a car.

The Handsworth Grange School pupil was hit on Handsworth Grange Road before classes on Thursday morning by a Ford Fiesta which was heading towards Handsworth Top.

The boy is believed to have stepped out into the road in front of the car. He was later taken to hospital with leg and facial injuries.

Mum Amanda Timson, whose own son Loran was slightly injured by a bus two years ago, said parents had been calling for speed bumps on the road for two years.

“The time has come for me to get up a petition,” she said. “Handsworth Grange Road is not a main road but the levels of traffic are horrendous.

“People have been calling for action from the council for the last two years but nothing has been done.

“The trouble is that Handsworth Road itself can be so busy in the mornings people cut onto Handsworth Grange Road as an alternative - and we get some boy racers going at ridiculous speeds.

“The problems are made worse by parents bringing their kids to school by car, creating a disaster that is waiting to happen.

“It’s not just the pupils at the secondary school at risk - Ballifield Primary is close by up the hill too,” she added.