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'Slow down before a child is injured'

PUBLISHED: 23:47 03 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 05 July 2010

FEARS are mounting this week for the safety of children in Oulton Broad as roadworks appear to have turned a street into a rat run.

Since Bridge Road has been part closed for the work more motorists have been using Colville Road to make their journeys, to the detriment of pupils walking to school at Dell Primary.

FEARS are mounting this week for the safety of children in Oulton Broad as roadworks appear to have turned a street into a rat run.

Since Bridge Road has been part closed for the work more motorists have been using Colville Road to make their journeys, to the detriment of pupils walking to school at Dell Primary.

Now a senior manager at the school has pleaded with drivers to slow down before a child is hurt.

Caroline Moyse said: “It's been absolutely mad and it's an accident waiting to happen. I think people are using Colville Road as a cut through, although they are supposed to be diverted down the new piece of road. I think they are coming from Elm Tree Road, cutting through Colville Road to get through to Victoria Road.

“There should be a 20mph speed limit for people to use because it's full of blind spots. The other problem is that we don't have a crossing patrol and the concern is that nobody wants to do the job.”

The roadworks involve the widening of the footway in Bridge Road between the railway bridge and the crossing near Saltwater Way. At the same time, improvements to the Flying Dutchman junction are being made.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council which is carrying out the work said: “We take the safety of members of the public very seriously. We are currently looking at the situation in the area to see if there are any issues surrounding the level of traffic and the diversion route which is in place. If issues are identified we will look into what can do done to address them. If people note drivers exceeding the 30mph speed limit, we would encourage them to contact the police, as this is an enforcement issue.”

The council has bought in a relief crossing patrol for Colville Road to help pupils cross and the spokesman said they will be there as often as possible.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police added: “We would appeal for motorists to drive considerately and appropriately at all times. We will continue to monitor the situation and anyone with concerns should contact their local safer neighbourhood team.”

Bridge Road is closed southbound between the swing bridge and Beccles Road. Traffic is currently one-way through the works from the Flying Dutchman to Saltwater Way and the official diversion route is along Victoria Road and Tom Crisp Way for southbound traffic. Work is due to end around October 27.

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