Accident-fearing pre-school in Worthing gets wish for a new crossing

W38078H13-MontessoriNursery.  Montessori Nursery on Tarring Road, who are celebrating the county council's agreement to implement traffic calming by the nursery. Worthng. Pictured are children and staff, Emma Johnson, Alison Link , Meichelle Judge and Beki Shanahan (Head Teacher) on Tarring Road.

W38078H13-MontessoriNursery. Montessori Nursery on Tarring Road, who are celebrating the county council's agreement to implement traffic calming by the nursery. Worthng. Pictured are children and staff, Emma Johnson, Alison Link , Meichelle Judge and Beki Shanahan (Head Teacher) on Tarring Road.

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A PRE-SCHOOL has expressed its delight after plans for traffic calming measures on a ‘treacherous’ road were approved by councillors.

Managers of the Montessori Pre-School in Tarring Road, Worthing, have lived in constant fear that speeding drivers would cause a serious accident.

They have led years of campaigning, which were finally answered at a recent meeting of Worthing County Local Committee.

School manager Claire Morgan said of the decision: “It’s fabulous. It’s not before time, as we have been here for some seven years, and during that time, we have repeatedly made a nuisance of ourselves to county council.

“It will be a huge relief to finally get a crossing in place.”

The finer details of the safety improvements have yet to be finalised, but it would serve those walking to the pre-school, 
shoppers and pre-school children at St Matthews Church.

The work has been placed on the council’s priority list, but work could start as late as 2016.

Mrs Morgan said: “Fortunately, we’ve never had a serious accident, but we have had a few near-misses with parents and children crossing the road.

“It’s treacherous, as it’s a bit of a rat run, and there have been several incidents with cyclists being hit in recent years.

“It’s such a narrow pavement, too, which doesn’t help.”

For the full story, see the Worthing Herald, out Thursday, September 19.