Crossing - Send School
I am petitioning for a safer environment for children to cross the road in front of Send First School, near Woking, Surrey. Following several near-misses with my own children when trying to cross the road, it is clear that something must be done. It should also be noted that some children attending St Bede's school also cross the school in front of Send First as the schools have adjoining playing fields and parents often drop younger siblings off before walking across to St Bede's. The two schools are now federated together.
The current situation.
Send First School is on Send Barns Lane, which is a busy A road joining the A3 (Guildford / London) to Woking. The school is near a large bend making it impossible to see approaching cars. Officially there is a 30 MPH speed limit in front of the school but many drivers are exceeding this limit by a large degree. From the A3 direction, the speed limit is 40 MPH but cars are coming from a 3-lane motorway-like road and they are coming down hill towards the school - all factors which increase the speed of the approaching cars. Currently the 30 MPH sign is only metres before the school in either direction. And there is little or no signage to warn motorists they are approaching a school.
It is impossible to cross the road safely. The combination of the bend, the speed of the traffic and little or no warning signs make the conditions extremely hazardous.
I am petitioning for the following:
- A Zebra crossing in front of the school
- Large, prominent signage to warn motorists they are approaching a school
- Reduced speed limit of 20 MPH for a distance of half a mile in both directions
We should not have to wait for a serious accident in order for action to be taken.
Thank you for your support.
Emma Jenkins (Mrs)