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Renewed Safety Concerns After School Crossing Attendant Hit By Car

February 12, 2010 9:00 PM

There have been renewed calls for a pedestrian crossing outside Parc Lewis Primary School in Treforest following an incident in which the crossing patrol officer was hit by a car.

Mr Ron Slocombe was on duty outside the school on Thursday 11th Feb when a car failed to stop and he was knocked down. Fortunately his injuries were not serious but he has resigned with immediate effect saying that he fears for his life and those of the pupils.

Councillor John Bell is the County Councillor for the ward - he has been asking for proper crossing to be installed outside the school but to no avail. He says

"This has always been an accident waiting to happen, and Mr Slocmbe is very lucky that he was not seriously hurt. A child may not have been so lucky, and parents are rightly very concerned.

I have asked the Highways department repeatedly to put a pedestrian crossing here of some sort, but they say they have no money in the budget for it. It is disgraceful - this school is on one of the busiest roads in Pontypridd, made even busier because of the retail units recently built just a few hundred yards away.

Do we have to wait until someone gets killed until this Authority finds the money to do anything here? Their only answer so far has been to put up flashing 20mph signs which are having little or no effect, and install small build outs, which is where Mr Slocombe was crossing the children."

On being notified by Mr Slocombe that he would not be returning to work at that spot, the Highways department response was to ring the Police station and ask local PC Colin Ridout if he could go down and step in.

Cllr Mike Powell of Trallwn is also the Welsh Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Pontypridd. He thinks the Assembly Government should be held to account for making the situation along this stretch of road worse

"The application by Tesco to build down the road from the school was turned down by RCT Council after road safety concerns were expressed - I was one of those who spoke out strongly against it. Yet the Assembly Inspector in his wisdom decided it should be approved.

There is also the matter of the A470 slip road at Glyntaf which needs to be re-opened. This would take a huge amount of traffic out of Treforest. We have argued that case before, but the reply from Council Officers and the Highways Agency was that there were safety concerns over having two junctions so close together.

This of course begs the question of why it was ever designed that way in the first place. Also there are plenty of examples elsewhere of where there are slip roads closer together and the safety concerns overcome by putting speed restrictions in place. We will be taking that particular battle to the Assembly via its petitions committee.

Treforest cannot cope with this volume of traffic - sooner or later someone is going to get killed and it should not take that to get some action."