Eynsham zebra crossing to ‘cut accident risk’ on school journey

Eynsham zebra crossing to ‘cut accident risk’ on school journey

Mark Harrison, site development officer at Bartholomew School, says it’s terrifying to watch as students attempt to negotiate Witney Road. Picture: OX65170 Marc West

Students crossing Witney Road. Picture: OX65170 Marc West

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PUPILS at a secondary school in Eynsham could soon have a zebra crossing to make their journey to school safer.

Staff at Bartholomew School in Witney Road say they have been raising concerns about children’s safety for 10 years and plans for a crossing are now taking shape.

Charles Mathew, county councillor for Eynsham, said plans for a zebra crossing outside the school were being drawn up.

As part of the scheme, according to Mr Mathew, the nearby bus stop would have to be moved along the road and more railings would be installed along the pavement.

Mr Mathew said: “This is far from set in stone but my colleagues at Oxfordshire County Council are drawing up plans.

“Once those are complete, there will be a period of consultation where the parish council, police and coach company can give their opinions.”

Mr Mathew estimates that the project will cost £25,000.

He said most of the money – as much as £15,000 – would come from contributions to the county council from developers and the school has also agreed to spend £5,000 on the project.

He added: “I hope that it will be completed by the summer in time for the new school year.”

Mark Harrison, site development officer at the academy, said: “We have a number of students who arrive by bus in the morning from Botley and Oxford.

“The buses pull up on the west side of Witney Road and the students have got to cross to get to school.

“It’s terrifying to watch. It’s like wildebeest entering the water, and the cars are crocodiles.”

Mr Harrison added: “The school has decided to use some of the money that’s there to benefit the kids and their education towards it. It’s our duty of care.

“Some would rather spend that on other things but the head has decided it is important.”

Eynsham Parish Council has also provisionally agreed to spend £3,000 on the development.

But Gordon Beach, chairman of the traffic advisory committee at the parish council, said: “It’s going to be a long time before we make a final decision and know whether we will actually commit to giving it funding.”

Mr Harrison, 56, said he was convinced the crossing was necessary.

He added: “It will only take one person who is using Eynsham as a short cut, or is in a hurry, to go too fast and try to overtake the bus and we will be seeing kids spiralling up in the air.

“Local people all know the issue and we have lots of parents and drivers mentioning it.

“It’s an accident waiting to happen.”

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1:19pm Mon 10 Feb 14

WitneyGreen says...

Oddly, the only danger I see on this part of Witney Road is children alighting buses and running in packs across the road without any thought to the green cross code. A crossing here would be helpful, but I really don't think it will help at all unless young people are taught to obey the basic rudiments of road safety - they'll continue to run across the road without looking whether there are stripes painted on the road or not!
Oddly, the only danger I see on this part of Witney Road is children alighting buses and running in packs across the road without any thought to the green cross code. A crossing here would be helpful, but I really don't think it will help at all unless young people are taught to obey the basic rudiments of road safety - they'll continue to run across the road without looking whether there are stripes painted on the road or not! WitneyGreen
  • Score: 6

1:31pm Mon 10 Feb 14

bartholomewalum says...

It isn't a danger waiting to happen - it has already happened! A child was hit back in 1999 and was lucky to survive (A car came round the corner too fast when child was already crossing). The question is; why has this only been looked at seriously by the council now when the school was raising it as a problem 15 years ago?
It isn't a danger waiting to happen - it has already happened! A child was hit back in 1999 and was lucky to survive (A car came round the corner too fast when child was already crossing). The question is; why has this only been looked at seriously by the council now when the school was raising it as a problem 15 years ago? bartholomewalum
  • Score: 0

1:59pm Mon 10 Feb 14

BigAlBiker says...

I can see the logic of a Zebra crossing and welcome it, but £25 for one? whose making all the money then because a couple of flashing lights and white paint surely can't cost that much???
I can see the logic of a Zebra crossing and welcome it, but £25 for one? whose making all the money then because a couple of flashing lights and white paint surely can't cost that much??? BigAlBiker
  • Score: 2

2:34pm Mon 10 Feb 14

hammerthebarstewards says...

As a resident of Eynsham since 1949 and as a former Bartholemew school student I cannot see the logic for a Zebra Crossing near the school. To ensure the safety of present day students Oxfordshire County Council should install a Pelican Crossing where traffic lights control the situation to a much higher degree of safety than a Zebra Crossing. A Red Light is much easier to see and seems to hold more authority over drivers. I have seen so many drivers ignoring the Zebra Crossing on the Oxford Hill into Witney and at Zebra Crossing near Wood Green school on the Woodstock Road also into Witney. Another important issue is that if cars are traveling too fast along the Witney Road in Eynsham then the Police should be prosecuting the drivers!
As a resident of Eynsham since 1949 and as a former Bartholemew school student I cannot see the logic for a Zebra Crossing near the school. To ensure the safety of present day students Oxfordshire County Council should install a Pelican Crossing where traffic lights control the situation to a much higher degree of safety than a Zebra Crossing. A Red Light is much easier to see and seems to hold more authority over drivers. I have seen so many drivers ignoring the Zebra Crossing on the Oxford Hill into Witney and at Zebra Crossing near Wood Green school on the Woodstock Road also into Witney. Another important issue is that if cars are traveling too fast along the Witney Road in Eynsham then the Police should be prosecuting the drivers! hammerthebarstewards
  • Score: -1

4:08pm Mon 10 Feb 14

itsmick says...

Move one of the bus stops ? Well they have not been moved for a year or two so why not. Putting them opposite each other again would be fun. Traffic calming at it's most effective; when buses stopped they often brought everyone to a halt several times during the day.
Move one of the bus stops ? Well they have not been moved for a year or two so why not. Putting them opposite each other again would be fun. Traffic calming at it's most effective; when buses stopped they often brought everyone to a halt several times during the day. itsmick
  • Score: 3

5:07pm Mon 10 Feb 14

halfvolleysgetwickets says...

How on earth does it cost that much for a zebra crossing?! Give me a tin of white paint I'll do it for £5000.
How on earth does it cost that much for a zebra crossing?! Give me a tin of white paint I'll do it for £5000. halfvolleysgetwickets
  • Score: 1

8:05pm Mon 10 Feb 14

BigAlBiker says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
I can see the logic of a Zebra crossing and welcome it, but £25 for one? whose making all the money then because a couple of flashing lights and white paint surely can't cost that much???
Obviously I meant £25k cost, no way should we be ripped off at that cost, there has to be a local painter and decorator, a general builder with his sparky mate who could do it heaps cheaper and still make a few Bob.

Someone is on the take methinks.
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: I can see the logic of a Zebra crossing and welcome it, but £25 for one? whose making all the money then because a couple of flashing lights and white paint surely can't cost that much???[/p][/quote]Obviously I meant £25k cost, no way should we be ripped off at that cost, there has to be a local painter and decorator, a general builder with his sparky mate who could do it heaps cheaper and still make a few Bob. Someone is on the take methinks. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 1

10:08am Tue 11 Feb 14

PDplum says...

They would have to close a road and that costs £10k per day
They would have to close a road and that costs £10k per day PDplum
  • Score: 0

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