Fail to stop drivers put lives at risk

SITE MEETING: A Spalding councillor is meeting a highways expert to improve Woolram Wygate crossing. SG021013-114TW
SITE MEETING: A Spalding councillor is meeting a highways expert to improve Woolram Wygate crossing. SG021013-114TW
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Non-stop drivers are putting lives at risk on three of the district’s zebra crossings – including one near a school in Sutton Bridge.

Parish councillors are asking police to put the brakes on the non-stop drivers in Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge, where there are two crossings.

And district councillor Roger Gambba-Jones is seeking an on-site meeting with a county highways officer to see why drivers aren’t stopping at the zebra crossing outside the Co-op on Spalding’s Woolram Wygate.

Westmere Primary School headteacher Karyn Wiles added her voice to a call for action to keep her pupils safe because one of the Bridge Road crossings is close to a school entrance.

Miss Wiles said: “We would encourage children to always wait until the traffic has stopped, but I think children are sometimes lulled into a false sense of security and think that a pedestrian crossing is a safe place to cross. Some of our children do walk home alone.”

Parish councillor Gary Croxford said cars and buses aren’t pulling up at the crossings “especially when children are getting into Westmere”.

He said: “I stopped on my pushbike to let someone cross only to be overtaken by a motorist.”

Coun Gambba-Jones says the Woolram Wygate crossing is raised up and, for some reason or a combination of reasons, doesn’t seem to register with drivers.

He wants to see an expert on site so problems can be fixed.

“Somebody is going to get hurt sooner or later,” he said. “Hopefully it won’t be on Wygate Park.”