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Residents demand safety measures on Colne 'danger' road
12:00pm Saturday 11th August 2012 in News
MORE than 500 residents have demanded improved road safety measures on a stretch of East Lancashire road where a mother and her nine-year-old son were badly hurt.
Emma Matthews, 31, and her son Leighton Cawdrey are now recovering after being involved in a collision with a car on Skipton Road, Colne, while heading to Park Primary School last month.
And now neighbours of the A56 route have pleaded with highway bosses to site a zebra crossing closer to Russell Avenue.
Leighton’s grandfather Ronnie Cawdrey joined community campaigner Lesley Colbeck to support the request.
Mrs Colbeck told councillors that children coming down from the North Valley estate to Park Primary and Park High rarely looked when crossing Skipton Road.
“The amount of near misses we have had has been incredible. A lot of people in the local area feel that there’s a need for this,” she added.
Julie Wilson, another neighbour added: “My daughter was run over there last year. She was with a group of friends and there was a taxi parked up. And when they went to cross there was a car coming around the side.”
Coun Ann Kerrigan said that there had been more accidents along Skipton Road than were reflected in official statistics.
Coun Neil Butterworth added: “It is not a matter of if someone is going to get killed but when. We have heard about people getting knocked down but you never get to hear about the near misses.”
Councillors on the Colne area committee agreed to refer the matter to County Coun Mike Calvert, so a speed management study, including the siting of a zebra crossing, can be considered by a county traffic forum.
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