Rokeby campaigners show traffic fears are real

Rokeby protesters showed how difficult it would be to get buses to the site NNL-160604-102024001

Rokeby protesters showed how difficult it would be to get buses to the site NNL-160604-102024001

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Campaigners fighting plans for new schools on the Rokeby estate put their worries about traffic chaos to the test.

They brought in a double decker bus for a dry run of the routes they say will be needed if the new free secondary school and free special school get the go-ahead, alongside a relocated Rokeby Primary.

They claim the traffic is a key issue because the big lack of secondary places is to the north of Rugby, meaning Warwickshire County Council will have to bus pupils onto the estate, characterised by narrow roads.

Chair of Sustainable Hillside and Rokeby Education (SHARE), John Robson, said: “Sooner or later the county council must wake up to the fact that the unmet demand for secondary schools is in the north of Rugby and not half a mile from an existing secondary school.”

Speaking about the “traffic chaos” during last Friday’s dry run, local resident Michelle Lines said: “On Friday a double decker bus attempted to drive past my house on Long Furlong and onto Anderson Avenue, and got stuck as it couldn’t get round the cars.

“It then had to carefully back up which caused chaos as other traffic had then driven up behind the bus and everything came to a standstill.

“This was not on a school day or at peak time, and it was a nightmare!

“The roads simply cannot cope with substantial numbers of cars or buses.”

Rugby Free Secondary School is planning to open in the former Rokeby Infants School building this September.

The special school plans to open next year.