20th Jan, 2018

Concerned parents urge Council to improve road safety on Hockley Lane

Shaun Reynolds 7th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CONCERNED parents are calling on Coventry City Council to take action on Hockley Lane amid concerns about the speed of oncoming cars.

Although the speed limit falling to 30mph many motorists seem unaware of the speed change as they enter the road from a more rural setting – despite a 20mph sign on the approach to the schools in the area.

The junction is currently home to three educational sites – a pre-school playgroup, St Andrews Primary School and Eastern Green Junior School nearby Sutton Avenue.

Parents of children at the nearby schools have now formed a petition and called upon the support of their local councillors representing the Woodlands ward.

Councillors Julia Lepoidevin, Peter Male and Gary Ridley are backing the campaign and will be gathering signatures for the petition during the school run on Friday afternoon.

Coun Julia Lepoidevin said: “We’ve visited the site and its clear that many motorists aren’t obeying the speed limit.

“It’s possible they don’t realise the speed limit is 30mph as they enter Hockley Lane from a rural setting.

“We’ll be supporting this petition and asking the council to take action as soon as possible.”

Coun Peter Male said: “Every morning many children walk to school along Hockley Lane – we’re calling on the council to explore potential road safety options so we can find a way forward that’s suitable for everyone.

Coun Gary Ridley said: “Speeding can be a problem in all sorts of locations but I’m particularly worried about it on Hockley Lane because it’s used by so many children on the school run.

“No one wants to see a child getting hurt but it’s a serious possibility if action isn’t taken soon.”

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