Traffic measures to make Ockendon Academy pupils safer

A NEW crossing point, traffic calming measures, new yellow lines and off-road parking bays will be installed outside the Harris Ockendon Academy to help make the route safer for pupils going to and from school.

The announcement follows a recent incident in which a child was injured after being involved in a collision with a car as they crossed Erriff Drive, Ockendon, on their bike.

Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet Member for Education and local ward councillor, said: “It is dreadful to hear about an incident like this, thankfully it seems the child involved only suffered minor injuries.

“Work is soon set to start in making this road safer for pupils with a new crossing point, parking bays and traffic calming measures but in light of this most recent incident, I have asked for the proposed scheme to be reviewed again to see if we can go even further to improve safety for the pupils attending this school.

“In the meantime I would urge parents to be careful when they are dropping their children off at school and park responsibly to keep all pupils safe.

“It is also vital that all drivers slow down when they are driving near schools, especially during the morning and afternoon rush.”

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