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Children’s lives at risk on one of Pontypridd’s busiest roads

February 23, 2011 12:26 AM

A year after a school crossing attendant was knocked down outside a Treforest school there have been renewed calls for extra safety measures there.

Treforest Councillor John Bell has been calling for a pelican crossing outside Parc Lewis Primary school on the Broadway for some time.

"This school is on one of the busiest roads in Pontypridd yet there seems to be no consideration for children's safety.

The crossing patrol attendant has been off sick since October last year, with no replacement. This means parents and pupils have had to risk their lives trying to cross with school buses adding to the general heavy flow of traffic.

I have complained to the relevant Council department and have told they will be putting a temporary person there soon, but that is not good enough. I have asked over and over again for a proper pedestrian crossing but the excuse is that they have no money."

Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly candidate Mike Powell says the response from the Council is inadequate.

"Other areas of the County seem to have been favoured in relation to road safety measures. In Tonyrefail for instance they have had not one but two sets of speed bumps installed alongside the primary school.

RCT have put up 20 mph signs along the Broadway but that is not enough. Do we have to wait for someone to get killed here?

I know there are recruitment problems with regard to school crossing patrols, but it is not acceptable that a busy spot such as this should be without an attendant for even a day let alone months. A pelican crossing would make it much safer for the children who attend this school."