Mum calls for crossing on ‘absolutely lethal’ road in Rugby to keep Avon Valley pupils safe

Jane is encouraging parents to write letters of support for the crossing
Jane is encouraging parents to write letters of support for the crossing

A concerned parent is campaigning for a new crossing to be installed on an ‘absolutely lethal’ road to keep Avon Valley Students safe.

Jane Hutchison, who has two children at Avon Valley School in Newbold Road, is urging parents to back her fight for a pedestrian crossing on the Western Relief Road.

My eldest son has come home several times saying one of his friends nearly got hit by a car as they rushed over

Jane Hutchison

Students cut through the patch of the land near Avenue Road to get to the A4071 using the pedestrian/cycle path.

“Parents don’t always realise where their kids are going when they walk to school and they may not know where their kids actually cross. It’s an absolutely lethal road,” Jane said.

“I think it’s everyone’s responsibility to try and keep children safe no matter how old they are, they still need looking after.

“My eldest son has come home several times saying one of his friends nearly got hit by a car as they rushed over, it’s very worrying.

“Now that Malpass Farm has opened there are a lot more lorries on the road so that’s making things even worse,” Jane said.

Jane, a school teaching assistant from Rugby, has arranged a letter-writing meeting at Rugby Town Hall on Monday at 4.30pm to help parents put their points to the council effectively.

“There are a lot of parents who are concerned about this and it’s something we feel should be brought to people’s attention.

“We want as many people to come to the meeting as possible and write letters of support,” Jane said.

A 15-year-old Avon Valley pupil was hit by a car near Elliott’s Field on Leicester Road last month.

She spent a week in hospital and had to use a wheelchair at home for several weeks due to a broken femur and soft tissue damage.

The girl, who did not wish to be named, said her life had been turned upside down since the accident.

“I’ve just started to walk with crutches after using a wheelchair for a few weeks,” she said.

“It was really scary and shocking but I’m slowly getting back to normal.

“It’s really important that drivers are aware of everyone around them and hopefully this accident reminds people how important road safety is.”

Avon Valley headteacher, Alison Davies, said the school fully supported the call for a new crossing.

“Ever since the relief road opened in 2010, the school has been concerned about the dangers for our students as they cross this busy road,” she said.

“We are fully supportive of the plan to put a crossing in so that our students, and other members of the public can cross in safety.

“Having had one of our Year 11 students knocked down recently, while crossing the Leicester Road, this really underlines the importance of road safety.”

She added: “I urge parents and students to support the initiative and attend the letter writing session on June 22.”

Anyone who would like to find out more about Jane’s proposal can email jane120433@gmail.com.