At last! Schools to get a crossing

March 24 2020

FAMILIES in Kingswood are set to get a zebra crossing outside their schools - seven years after asking for one.

At last! Schools to get a crossing

South Gloucestershire Council is seeking views on plans to improve safety for children walking to St Stephen’s Infant and Junior Schools in Soundwell.

The proposals would see a zebra crossing on Lansdown Road and Sweets Road outside the school.

Three new speed humps would replace the two existing humps to slow down passing motorists.

The plans follow a petition that was submitted to the council in 2013 and called for a pedestrian-controlled crossing on Lansdown Road.

Having campaigned for improved safety measures around the school, Gagan Deep-Singh, whose daughter Gulnoor attends the school, said: “I am delighted that South Gloucestershire Council is considering installing a new crossing and speed humps, and want to thank them for listening to the community.

“Ensuring our children are safe when they walk to school is a massive reassurance to parents like myself as it gives children more independence and more confidence by being able to walk as well as giving parents more of a reason not to drive the school run, thereby reducing risk around the school.”

A council survey taken at the proposed site shows pedestrians regularly cross at this location, particularly at peak times and throughout the afternoon and early evening. 

A total of 1,341 pedestrians including 574 children were observed crossing during the 12-hour survey between 7am and 7pm.

Separate public consultations on the zebra crossing and the speed humps were launched by the council and closed on February 24.

Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore has welcomed the proposals.

He said: “I am delighted that work by campaigners like Gagan has had a positive impact on his community. 

“I am very supportive of the council’s existing commitment to ensure 20mph speed limits are outside South Gloucestershire schools. This is the next step towards ensuring the safety of our children. It is now for residents to show a unified voice to support the children.”

By Amanda Cameron, Local Democracy Reporting Service