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A15 accident: More than 3,000 sign crossing petition

The A15 at Northorpe where two 11-year-old girls were involved in a road traffic collision.
Photo: MSMP080114-004ow

The A15 at Northorpe where two 11-year-old girls were involved in a road traffic collision. Photo: MSMP080114-004ow

An e-petition calling for pedestrian crossings at Thurlby and Northorpe, where two 11-year-old girls were hit by a car while crossing the road, has attracted more than 3,000 signatures.

Residents were spurred into action after the crash on the A15 at Northorpe on Tuesday last week. The two Bourne Academy pupils had just got off the school bus and were crossing the road when they were hit by a Renault Trafic minibus at around 3.50pm.

They were airlifted to Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham, where they remain in a “critical but stable” condition.

The e-petition headed “Put pedestrian crossings at Thurlby and Northorpe junctions please” says: “We as a village and surrounding areas are extremely concerned for the safety of pedestrians and drivers.

“There have been numerous accidents over the past few years, two in the last 24 hours in the same place!

“One involving two 11 year old local girls trying to cross the very busy road after getting off their school bus!

“We are aware that speed limits are being reduced, but this just isn’t enough!”

The petition calls for traffic lights and crossings on the A15 at its junctions with Thurlby and Northorpe.

Thurlby Parish Council chairman Barry Dobson said the council had been campaigning for many years for the 60mph speed limit through the village to be reduced.

He said: “Until that point we could not have the crossings.”

The petition has attracted more than 2,000 signatures, both online and on paper, in less than a week.

Pedestrian crossings cannot be installed on roads with 60mph speed limits.

In December Lincolnshire County Council agreed to drop the speed limit at Northorpe to 40mph. The 60mph limit between Northorpe and Thurlby will also drop to 50mph.

Mr Dobson said the parish council would continue its efforts to get the pedestrian crossing and were looking and how they could raise the £200,000 cost of installing them.

 

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