Children at risk on Filton Avenue crossing
Published on: 11 Jan 2013
We need action before there’s a bad accident
A group of mums from Filton say children are being put at risk at the pedestrian crossing on Filton Avenue at the junction with Conygre Road.
There is a zebra crossing at the spot but residents say drivers speed along the long, straight stretch of the avenue and often struggle to stop when they reach the crossing. Recent improvements to the crossing included better markings and a raised road surface but residents say traffic lights are needed.
Leanne Field-Mannings , whose son attends nearby Filton Hill Primary, said she had seen cars screech to a halt as people were crossing.
She said: "It’s been a problem here for a very long time - I’ve been walking children to school for 10 years and we’ve had sveral near misses.
"When were were nearly hit by a moped it was a matter of inches. We are asking for lights to be installed as it is the main route to a primary school.
"This is the second near miss we have had at this crossing since the (raised) table has been installed.
"The excuse they gave us (for not installing lights) was that it was too straight a piece of road and visibility was fine."
Mum Anna Curry said: "My daughter had a near miss when a car only just stopped in time.
"People drive straight over the crossing, especially mopeds."