school-transport

Request For School Crossing Patrol Denied

Your Local Councillors have been arguing to provide a School Crossing Patrol to assist children crossing the Griffith Drive to access and egress St Albans,Oakmeadow, Corpus Christi and Coppice High Schools. There have been two visits to the site requested.

The City of Wolverhampton’s Road Safety Team have informed me that “ In order for a location to justify the provision of a school crossing patrol, the site needs to meet an established count threshold, taking into account the number of pedestrians crossing and the number of vehicles travelling along a road. A formula is used to generate a PV (Pedestrians/vehicles) score. In order to justify the provision of a school crossing patrol, this score has to reach the 4,000,000 threshold.

I visited Griffiths Drive in the vicinity of Ecclestone Road on Tuesday (19th September), with a colleague, to carry out an informal count in order to see if we could reach anywhere near the 4,000,000 threshold.

The morning session was the busiest in terms of vehicles travelling along Griffiths Drive and pedestrians crossing. During the busiest 30 minute period we counted 191 vehicles, along with 14 child pedestrians crossing the road. This has generated a PV score of 510,734. As you can see this is significantly lower than the 4,000,000 score that is required.

We are going to revisit the site again and carry out a further count near to the Southall Road junction to see if there are higher levels of pedestrians and vehicles. Looking at the data that we have obtained so far it would appear that we are going to struggle though to get anywhere near the 4,000,000 score required.”

The Road Safety team duly carried out a second survey and the school crossing traffic doesn’t match the national criteria, which has been established to deliver this highway service. This is what the team have reported to me on the 3rd October 2017 –
“We have now carried out our second visit to this location. We conducted a second informal count on Griffiths Drive near to Ashmore Avenue and Southall Road.

Again the morning session was the busiest in terms of vehicles travelling along Griffiths Drive. During the busiest 30 minute period we counted 207 vehicles, and 24 child pedestrians crossing the road. This generated a PV score of 1,028,376. As per our previous visit this is short of the 4,000,000 score required to justify a school crossing patrol site being established.

After carrying out both visits I’m afraid that we are unable to consider the provision of a school crossing patrol at this location due to the sites not meeting the nationally established criteria for implementation.”

I will be writing to the schools to inform them of the results of the testing of the School Crossing at the point outlined. In the meantime I remind everyone that children going to school and returning from school, should be able to walk in safety. Kill your speed around school locations and stick to the speed limits.

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Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more

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