26th Oct, 2016

Safety fears prompt call for road action

Evesham Editorial 2nd May, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A CONCERNED Evesham mum has called on county highways chiefs to fund a crossing to help parents and youngsters cross a busy town road.

Emma Harris spoke to the Observer to raise concerns over Davies Road and said parents regularly had to wait more than five minutes to make their way across the busy route in and out of Evesham.

But despite the road recently being resurfaced, Worcestershire County Council have told the Observer there is currently no money in the pot to tackle the problem.

The worried mum said she was late in getting her eldest son to St Richard’s CE First School on Wednesday (April 30) because it took her 10 minutes to cross safely.

Students from nearby Evesham High School also regularly cross the road as do residents looking to visit Charity Brook Park.

“There are so many of us who use it I really don’t understand why there is no crossing or at least an pedestrian island in the middle of the road.” Emma said.

“The county council have recently resurfaced the road which really did not need doing in my opinion, couldn’t they have sorted out a crossing instead.”

“It seems they have pumped money into the road but haven’t considered children’s safety.”

“I actually dread coming up to that road in the morning because we don’t know how long we will be waiting there to cross.”

“I have only been making the journey since September when my son started at St Richard’s but a few of the mums have told me its been a problem for a number of years.”

“I’m not as worried for us with younger children who are often in pushchairs or holding our hands but the students at Evesham High have to run across the road in the morning.” she added.

Coun John Smith, Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and local member for Evesham said: “We are aware of the concerns at Davies Road, and together with fellow county councillor Bob Banks I have worked with officers to find a solution.

“The county council has to prioritise it’s budget according to greatest need and at present we are unable to find the substantial funds for the suggestions of a crossing or an island made by residents”.

“Cllr Banks and I have promised some of our Divisional Fund to contribute towards a crossing but the majority will need to come from elsewhere”.

“I will continue to look for ways to help Evesham residents cross this busy road and in the meantime my vehicle activated road sign will be used to help curb speeding traffic.”