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Improve Road Safety on Portobello Road and Craigentinny Avenue

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Petition We urge the City of Edinburgh Council to take immediate action to introduce new safety measures at the junction of Portobello Road and Craigentinny Avenue to reduce the risk of accidents in this area. Background There has been a number of accidents involving both vehicles and pedestrians in recent months at or close to the junction of Portobello Road and Craigentinny Avenue. The latest accidents happened on 1st November between a car and a motorbike and on 12th October when two cars were in a collision at approximately 3.30pm. This accident caused one car to crash into the wall above the railway line, blocking pedestrian access to the pavement. It happened minutes before and after school children were returning home from the Royal High Primary. There was also an accident back in June which injured a young secondary school pupil. Parents and local residents are now extremely concerned about their own safety and the safety of their children who use this route to walk or cycle to school. The pavement opposite this junction is also extremely narrow with no barrier from the passing (often very fast) traffic, requiring parents with pushchairs to walk with their children on the road. This is hazardous and unsafe for pedestrians. The City of Edinburgh Council has a “Safer Routes to School” campaign to encourage more school children to walk to school but parents are concerned that this main pedestrian access to the Royal High Primary for those living in the area, is now becoming too unsafe to walk with their children.

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