Pupils join campaign to improved road safety near their school

Pupils at Heron Way School, Horsham, are campaigning to improve road safety near their school SUS-160615-154835001

Pupils at Heron Way School, Horsham, are campaigning to improve road safety near their school SUS-160615-154835001

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Pupils at Heron Way Primary School in Horsham have unveiled a new series of posters they hope will improve safety on the roads around their school.

The signs are based around a new school travel pledge that has been agreed by staff, pupils and parents.

Head Teacher James Crump hopes the posters will encourage drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to make road safety a top priority.

He said: “The school is increasing in size over the next few years and with more pupils comes more traffic. The children have come up with some brilliant designs that we hope will remind everyone who comes to the school that safety of the children in the surrounding roads is of paramount importance.

“We hope more people will park away from the school to reduce the traffic, but what we really need are safe routes for our children to walk to school and to that end we are in dialogue with West Sussex County Council about putting a pedestrian crossing on St Leonards Road.”

Heron Way PTA chairman Claire Tyler, who helped organise the competition, said: “What we really need is a safe crossing point on St Leonards or Comptons Road. Lots of parents end up driving to school because there are no safe routes to walk or scoot.

“With the increase in housing throughout Horsham the traffic on this road will only get worse. Its incredible that there are four schools that straddle this road - ourselves, Millias, Forest and the QEII school - with pupils crossing both ways in the morning and evening but not one single pedestrian crossing.

“We have been in contact with the local council and are awaiting news of their initial assessment”.