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Parking problems outside QEGS in Blackburn
A SCHOOL is hoping to solve traffic chaos in Blackburn as pupil numbers soar.
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School has seen numbers boosted from 435 to 700 as the school looks set to end its private status.
Next year it anticipates numbers closer to 1,000 when the school will offer free education.
The start of term has seen problems with parents accessing the school, double parking in Dukes Brow and West Park Road.
School coaches are also struggling to get to the school.
Headteacher Simon Corns has written to parents urging them to delay pick ups until the coaches have left, to park further away and to stop double parking.
One road user who contacted the Lancashire Telegraph said: “Parents are just hogging Dukes Brow at home time and being inconsiderate towards residents.
“The traffic chaos is disgraceful as the road is too narrow with cars parked there. Parents are picking kids up in the middle of the road.”
QEGS said new parents adjusting to the system were receiving advice on how to avoid causing congestion and getting stuck in a jam.
Mr Corns has written to parents with a host of tips including staggering arrivals by joining their breakfast club.
Parents have been told to wait for the 12 school coaches to leave at hometime before arriving. New parents have also been urged to consider using the coach service for their child to cut down on car journeys.
He said: “Using the coach service is not expensive when you take into account the time-saving and convenience to parents. Many parents have found it to be a safe, reliable and convenient service.”
He added that delaying pick ups could also be effective.
He said “Once the coaches have pulled away, traffic clears in West Park Road within moments, and generally parents arriving at 3.50pm or later have a completely clear run through.
“What we are finding is that some drivers pull into a space alongside a coach, only to find that there is another car coming in the opposite direction, and once half a dozen cars have pulled in behind both of them, there is gridlock.”
The school is also in talks with local councillors over possible solutions.
Ward councillor Arshid Mahmood said: “It’s always been traffic chaos there, but the increase in pupils is having an added effect. Everyone is keen to get something in place before next year when it will get worse.”
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