The woman behind a petition calling for safety measures on the A15 in Thurlby says a serious accident recently there was the “final trigger” to act.
Almost 4,000 people have signed an e-petition launched by mum-of-two Clare White (33) who lives in Thurlby and wants both traffic lights and pedestrian crossings installed in her village and nearby Northorpe.
Two 11-year-old girls are in a stable condition in hospital after suffering head and abdominal injuries when they were hit by a minibus on the A15 in Thurlby while coming home from school at Bourne Academy two weeks ago.
Clare said: “I’ve lived in this village for eight years and the road has always been very busy. But recent events made me say to myself “enough is enough” and the accident involving those two girls was the final trigger to starting the petition.
“I have a ten-year-old daughter, Tia, and when I heard about the accident, it took a few days to sink in because the children were almost the same age as Tia.
“The petition is about raising awareness of how difficult it is to get across the road for the sake of the drivers and pedestrians who use the A15.” Thurlby Parish Council has successfully campaigned for the speed limit between Northorpe and Thurlby to be cut from 60mph to 50mph, with a further reduction through Northorpe from 60mph to 40mph.
Parish council chairman Barry Dobson said: “We formed a working party about 18 months to two years ago to really attack this issue with gusto and on December 7, we found out that this was going to be put into place.
“But about a month later, we had the tragic accident on January 7 and what we’re now desperately trying to do is to get pedestrian crossings on the A15.”
Meanwhile, cards and messages of support for the injured girls are being made by fellow students at Bourne Academy.
Headteacher Laurence Reilly said: “These are being collated into two books to show support and friendship to both students and their families.
“Since the accident, the school has again reminded students in a series of assemblies about the potential danger when crossing the A15, particularly on the way to and from school.”