FRESH fears have been raised about the safety of students crossing the road at Cherrymount Roundabout on their way to Erne Integrated College in Enniskillen.
The roundabout on the A32 Irvinestown Road is the busiest in the county, and is extremely dangerous for students who get off the bus in the area and have to cross several lanes of traffic to get to school.
The site has been the scene of many near misses for students and in October 2016, two students were knocked down and sustained minor injuries.
Lyla Upton, Chairman of Erne Integrated College Parent Council, explained that they have previously requested a crossing patrol at Cherrymount Roundabout, but it was denied.
“I understand that these are difficult times but school crossing patrols are essential for the safety of those children who have to cross busy roads to get to school,” she added.
“The subject of road safety at the Cherrymount Roundabout is raised regularly by parents and students of the College. We have had a request for a crossing patrol declined by the Education Authority.
“Following this we requested other measures to protect the students including a light controlled crossing and a reduction in the speed limit but to no avail.
“We have had two students knocked down and several near misses. The PSNI do a great job in educating our students on road safety but given how busy the Cherrymount junction is, one day, I fear that this may not be enough,” said Lyla.
Local councillor Keith Elliott raised the issue in May 2016 but the request was denied due to it ‘not meeting the criteria, and not enough people crossing the road at the time.’
Cllr Elliott told the Herald, “At that time, it was put in place that the EA buses would not leave the students off at the roundabout which would have reduced the number of children crossing the roundabout.
“I hope that this is still in place. I would appeal to anyone crossing the road to take care and I urge motorists to be mindful at school times with the increased volume of traffic.”
An Education Authority spokesman said, “The Authority can confirm that the school did request the provision of a School Crossing Patrol (SCP) at the Cherrymount roundabout in May 2016. Following consideration of this request transport arrangements where amended in September 2016 which negated the need for pupils to cross at this location; and consequently a SCP is not required.”
Posted: 1:28 pm September 21, 2018