Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, has welcomed the completion of two zebra crossings on Dee Road, marking victory in a long campaign to improve road safety outside English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School and St Michael’s Primary School.
Alok joined parents and children on Dee Road last week to test out the new zebra crossings, ahead of the first day of the new school year this week.
Alok has been campaigning for road safety improvements on Dee Road since he was first contacted by local parent and campaigner Emma Simpson-Holland about the issue in November last year. As well as organising a meeting for the schools to discuss road safety with Reading Borough Council, Alok also helped launch a petition which was signed by more than 1,000 local residents and parents.
Reading Borough Council launched a review of road safety measures on Dee Road in March 2015 which concluded that there should be two zebra crossings installed on Dee Road, one to the East of the junction with Elan Close and one to the west of Taff Way. Works to install the two crossings began on the 10th August 2015.
Alok Sharma said: “This is a real victory for local people and in particular, a victory for local parent Emma Simpson-Holland who has led this campaign from the front. For many years Reading Borough Council said that putting in a crossing on this road was not possible, but this campaign has shown that the Council can be flexible when it wants to be and I am delighted that, on this occasion, they have listened to local wishes.”
Local parent campaigner Emma Simpson-Holland said: “I am over the moon that RBC have installed not just one but two zebra crossings outside both of the schools. This is a huge achievement of which I'm very proud of. I'm so pleased that both schools have a safe crossing for the children when entering and leaving school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alok Sharma, Councillor Sandra Vickers and everyone who supported this petition in making Dee Road safe.”
Photo: Alok Sharma joins Emma Simpson-Holland and other parents and children to test out the new zebra crossing on Dee Road