Video: Footage of busy March road boosts safety campaign as councillors are handed 700-signature petitions
ROAD safety campaigners calling for a safer walk to school for their children have presented petitions boasting more than 700 signatures to March town councillors.
Parents, children and residents are pleading for safety measures on the busy Station Road, which is used by hundreds of pedestrians every day.
A professional video has now been produced to highlight the dangers of the traffic hotspot, which was thrust into the spotlight earlier this month when more than 100 people turned out for a “Big Walk to School Day”.
Tamsin Nichols, who has spearheaded the campaign with fellow mum Ruth Gowler, presented the campaigners’ case to March Town Council last Monday.
Following the meeting, discussions on possible solutions are to be held with Cambridgeshire County Council officers.
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“We have made people sit up and pay attention,” said Mrs Nichols. “They are taking it seriously now and it’s very exciting. The fact that they are willing to sit down and talk about it with us is a huge step in the right direction.
“They have realised that we are here to stay and we really want to get something done. This is not just a couple of parents moaning about a crossing - it’s a whole community wanting a safer road.
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“The majority of the councillors knew that the road is a busy one - a lot of them even came forward with their own stories about the dangers.”
Campaigners have demanded a zebra crossing on the road, which is used by parents walking their children to three nearby primary schools; Westwood, All Saints and Maple Grove.
The current safety measures - two small islands in the middle of the road - have been attacked as outdated and inadequate.