Petition launched by councillor after girl hit by car

By Dylan Davies   |   News editor   |
Thursday 10th February 2022 2:04 pm
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Cllr Paul Hinge in Bow Street
Cllr Paul Hinge has set up a petition calling for a pedestrian crossing to be installed in Bow Street (Cambrian News )

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A petition has been launched to install a crossing on a busy Ceredigion road after a child was knocked-down getting off a school bus last week.

Bow Street residents are renewing their call for a zebra crossing at the site of the Old Post Office and the entrance to the Tregerddan Estate after a 11-year-old girl was knocked-down after getting off the school bus on Tuesday, 1 February.

Local county councillor, Paul Hinge has said the child is recovering well in hospital and has launched a petition calling on the Welsh Government to install a crossing on the A487 which runs through the village.

Cllr Hinge said: “Calls for a crossing here have been expressed over the last 50 years and have fallen on the establishment’s ‘deaf ears’.

“This is a much used crossing point by so many people and with increased volumes of traffic over the years on this major Trunk Road, Government must now address the calls for pedestrian road safety at this point to be addressed with immediacy.

“The problem as residents see it is further exacerbated by the pull-in/lay-by in front of the Old Post Office.

“The issue is, when cars are parked in the lay-by pedestrians have to step out into this busy roadway to see past the parked vehicles to see if vehicles are travelling up from the Aberystwyth direction.

So there are a number of points Welsh Government’s trunk road agency need to address.

“One, the need for a zebra crossing to afford safe pedestrian movement.

“Two, to deal with the need of a lay-by for a retail premises that is no longer used.”

“There will be a petition to the Welsh Government in the Spar Shop for people to sign and make their voice heard.

“Please sign it and let’s get some action from Welsh Government to stop anything like this happening again.”

Cllr Hinge spoke further about the marvellous help that was given by members of the public to firstly help the injured young girl and also to those who helped with the traffic before and during the time the emergency services became available.

He added: “Thanks must also go to the public who were held up in their vehicles both on the north and south side of the accident for their patience and consideration during this difficult time.”

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “We take road safety very seriously and monitor personal injury collision records from the police to identify the need for road safety improvements.

“We will be rolling out a default speed limit of 20 mile per hour through residential areas across Wales, including Bow Street in 2023.

“We are also working on an Active Travel path from the new rail station northwards through the village which will improve safety for pedestrians and address concerns with the disused business layby.”

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