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Residents call for action on Spalding road after boy is hit by a double decker bus

Residents fear that a road where a 12-year-old boy was hit by a double decker bus will be the site of another crash unless something is done.

The Year 8 pupil at Spalding Academy is now recovering at home after suffering serious injuries in the collision on the town’s Halmer Gate on Tuesday afternoon.

Executive head teacher Lucy Conley has thanked the emergency services and members of her team for caring for the boy in the aftermath of the crash.

Scene of the collision in Halmer Gate, Spalding (48716253)
Scene of the collision in Halmer Gate, Spalding (48716253)

Police blocked off Halmer Gate for more than four hours following the collision, which was also attended by the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

But concerns have been raised about road safety in Halmer Gate, which is riddled with potholes and busy around school times.

Resident Darren Earth said: “The road is like a racetrack at times, and it’s literally falling to bits.

“It’s really busy at school times, and because there’s only one crossing the kids tend to just cross where they like. Maybe another couple of crossings would help, but that would just slow down the traffic even more. There aren’t many other traffic measures you could put in place.”

Another resident, who did not wish to be named, added: “To be perfectly honest with you, with the school junctions, this road is just an accident waiting to happen. I’m surprised it hasn’t happened before.”

Police were called to Halmer Gate at 3.25pm after receiving reports of a boy being hit by a double decker bus.

Officers - who are appealing for witnesses or dashcam footage - closed the road up to the Halmer Gardens entrance.

Another resident, Lucy Abrams, said: “We didn’t see anything at first but we heard screaming. Then we just saw the police and the boy lying on the ground.

“The roads are terrible. Everyone drives quicker than 30mph on them, and lorries make my house shake. It wakes me up in the middle of the night.”

Executive head teacher Mrs Conley confirmed that a Year 8 pupil was involved in the collision and says that the school will supporting the boy and his family.

She said: “I understand that this student is now at home recovering and will hopefully be back in school very soon, to complete the school term.

“There were several members of school staff at Halmer Gate to respond when this incident happened, all of whom were able to assist and support. We would like to thank the tremendous job of the emergency services who were prompt to respond.”

We put residents’ concerns to Lincolnshire County Council’s highways team.

A spokesman said they did not think it was appropriate to comment while the incident is being investigated by police

A spokesman for Stagecoach said: ““We can confirm that one of our buses was involved in an incident yesterday where a person was injured.

“Our first thoughts are with the child who was injured.

“We will be carrying out a full investigation into the circumstances of the incident and will support the police and emergency services in any way we can.”

Anyone with information or footage is asked to contact police on the 101 number or email force.control@lincs.police.uk, quoting incident 286 of June 29.

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