Grantham headteacher and parents welcome new zebra crossing near school

The new zebra crossing on Dysart Road near Isaac Newton Primary School.
The new zebra crossing on Dysart Road near Isaac Newton Primary School.
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A new zebra crossing installed near a school after years of calls for safety improvements has been welcomed.

Parents and Isaac Newton Primary School headteacher Paul Hill have said they are delighted the new crossing is in place.

Mr Hill said: “We are delighted that the zebra crossing has been placed on Dysart Road. It increases safety for pupils on their way to and from school. We have discussed the way in which the crossing should be used in whole school assemblies and reinforced the need for pupils to use it safely. Parent/Carer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Parents this week agreed the new crossing was a big improvement for the road outside the school.

Diane Selby, who is the mother of a four-year-old girl at Isaac Newton, said: “It is much safer. A lot more people are using it and it’s a lot better.”

But she said drivers had needed some time to get used to it as a lorry had tried to overtake a car waiting at the crossing to let people cross. The lorry stopped in time as they were crossing. She added; “Fortunately, drivers are now aware of it. They are stopping in plenty of time.”

Daniela Weaver, a mother of two children aged 10 and four at the school, said: “It was always hectic along this road. People were waiting for the lollipop man to stop the car and that would hold up people on the pavement trying to get past. It was dangerous.”

Calls for safety measures have been increasing over the years as more more businesses open nearby and more heavy traffic uses the road.

In 2011 former headteacher Stephen Tapley joined campaigning parents in calling for a crossing.

At the time, Mr Tapley said: “Since the establishment of the Redrow estate in Dexter Avenue, the traffic has got worse coming out of Dexter Avenue on to Dysart Road. It’s been compounded now with the opening of a vets opposite the school. We need some sort of pedestrian crossing up here.”