Lancing primary school works to tackle traffic trouble

Roads surrounding The Globe Primary Academy, in Irene Avenue, Lancing, have been flagged as hazardous
Roads surrounding The Globe Primary Academy, in Irene Avenue, Lancing, have been flagged as hazardous

A LANCING primary school is attempting to address speeding motorists, a lack of signage and congestion in surrounding roads.

The Globe Primary Academy, in Irene Avenue, has formed a working travel plan group headed up by parent governor Caroline Moore.

Mrs Moore described Irene Avenue, Crabtree Lane and Upper Boundstone Lane as an accident waiting to happen and said she was working hard to lobby West Sussex County Council for improved signs and a crossing.

“That whole section is a bit of a nightmare really,” she said. “It’s a situation waiting to happen, unfortunately. We are actively on it doing everything we can.

“I’m passionate about the safety of our kids and that’s one of the reasons I became a parent governor.”

The group is regularly updating its school travel plan, which monitors pupil and staff travel choices, school location and the routes to school.

The county council’s website says plans are ‘an effective tool in bringing about change in school travel patterns’.

Mrs Moore said the group had been working through the plan for more than six months and described it as a long process.

The Globe has a lollypop lady helping students and parents to cross at the bottom of Irene Avenue.

Mrs Moore said: “Her lollypop itself has been hit when she’s had it out to stop cars. She has been clipped by a car which she got a bit shaken up by.

“We have got a lot of heavy traffic in Crabtree Lane. It’s very much used as a cut through.

“When they all come out of school together (Sir Robert Woodard Academy, in Upper Boundstone Lane, and The Globe) it’s chaos. They do absolutely fly and there’s been some near misses down there.”

Mrs Moore added that the long-term goal was to get a crossing of some sort.

Puffin and toucan crossings cost between £40,000 and £50,000, while zebra crossings are around £15,000 to £25,000.

Another parent of a child at the school, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “It takes a good ten minutes to cross the road. There are islands, but they don’t help. Everyone just ignores them and bombs it down. They need signs or speed humps. It’s the same cars every day. It’s like a speedway.

“They are flying at you from every direction. It’s like taking your life in your hands.”

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