School pupils and councillors carry out traffic survey in March street as crossing campaign continues

COUNCILLORS and school children continued the fight for a new pedestrian crossing in March this week, when they conducted a traffic survey in Station Road.

The year five pupils from All Saints Interchurch Primary School, March, collected traffic data as part or their geography topic, and they will be presenting their findings to March Town Council once they are all collated.

Class teacher Hannah Orbell said: “Our investigation has the title Should Station Road have a Pedestrian Crossing? This is an ongoing local issue, and directly affects many of the children in my class.

“Many of the children walk or cycle to school along Station Road, and there is strong feeling amongst the community about the need for a crossing. The children planned the investigation themselves, and looked at the number of vehicles using the road, the number of pedestrians, and the speed of traffic.”

The Mayor of March, Councillor Jan French, and Councillor Tamsin Nicols were among the town councillors to give the children a hand. Cllr Nichols has spearheaded a two year fight for a crossing.

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As part of her campaign, Cllr Nichols has already collected 700 signatures on a petition and made a DVD, which have been handed in to Cambridgeshire County Council. She wants one crossing to be established at the top of County Road, and another nearer the shops.

Cllr Nichols added: “We have been told that the situation does not meet the criteria for crossings. Town councillors were astounded at the traffic on the road during the school run and children thought speed was the biggest problem. We will continue the fight to get a crossing.”

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