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'Dangerous' bus stop puts young lives at risk

PUBLISHED: 08:09 22 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:58 12 July 2010

Fears have been raised that the safety of schoolchildren at a Norfolk village is being placed at risk as a result of a dangerously positioned bus stop.

Fears have been raised that the safety of schoolchildren at a Norfolk village is being placed at risk as a result of a dangerously positioned bus stop.

Students living in Roudham, near Thetford, routinely have to cross a busy B-road and wait at the entrance of an industrial estate in order to get transport to Old Buckenham High School, near Attleborough.

Parents are now calling on Norfolk County Council to take immediate action to resolve the danger of schoolchildren having to stand near the junction of Roudham Road and the B1111 Harling Road.

Sarah Gosling, whose daughter is one of five children who regularly cross the road near the railway station and wait on the industrial road with no pavement, said she was campaigning to get the county council to change Old Buckenham High School's bus route. She is also calling on the council to install some form of temporary signage to warn drivers that children cross the busy road.

“It is going to take a while to change the bus route, but our kids are still being put in danger in crossing a road where the traffic does not keep to the 40mph speed limit and there are lots of HGVs,” she said.

A spokesman for Norfolk County Council said the local authority was struggling to find a safer re-routing alternative for the Old Buckenham High buses. However, highways officials were set to hold a site meeting at Harling Road to look at making safety improvements to the area.


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