After more than four years of discussions with Transport for NSW, City of Newcastle and the Department of Education, parents at Lambton Public School have had enough. They have started a petition to have their road safety concerns heard.
Pupils, parents, teachers and the wider community witness near misses on an almost daily basis as children use the pedestrian crossing on busy Croudace Street to access the school.
According to the P&C, vehicles regularly run the red light, perhaps not noticing it as they race to the major intersection to the north at Newcastle Road. In addition to this there is a narrow strip of parking along Croudace Street outside the school where drivers are barely able to exit their vehicles to escort younger children safely to school.
“Our fear is that it is only a matter of time before a serious or fatal incident occurs along here” P&C president Kirsty Stewart told The Local.
“We’ve raised our concerns and provided ideas for improvement to the traffic and parking conditions including better use of the vacant land behind the school along Armstrong Street but to date our efforts have not been successful.”
The community is encouraged to sign the P&C’s petition.
“At the moment we have more than 800 signatures to our online petition. Our target is to get at least 1000 people to sign it before we present it to the various authorities.” Kirsty said.
To sign the petition search ‘Lambton Public School on change.org or you can find it on the Lambton Public School P & C Facebook page.