A WORRIED parent has expressed his concern over the removal of a pedestrian crossing outside a primary school.

Nadeem Nisar, whose nine-year-old daughter attends Holy Trinity Primary School in Darwen, said the pedestrian part of the crossing, outside the post office close to the A666 junction at The Circus, has been removed, along with one of the push button boxes.

He said neither the school nor the parents had been informed about the removal, and his wife an daughter were almost run over on Tuesday morning trying to cross the road.

He said: “There’s no green man anymore. It means any kids coming from the market square now have to cross the A666 twice, once in front of The Millstone pub and then again in front of the Candy Box sweet shop.

“It’s a death trap. My wife and daughter almost got run over, and I’m pretty sure there was an accident here a few months ago too.

“There’s no lollipop man at any of the crossings anymore, and there’s so many kids trying to cross the road in the mornings; I’d hate to think what might’ve happened had my wife not been there.”

Simon Littler, network manager at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “The crossing was damaged by a car last week and the repair works are more substantial than we expected.

“This means we need to rebuild all the infrastructure on that side of the crossing.

“We hope to start work to repair the crossing very shortly. However, there are some supply chain issues being experienced across the country in purchasing new poles so there may be a delay.

“We will do our utmost to ensure the works are undertaken as soon as possible.”