Parents are seriously cross about no school crossing

February 12, 2018

A local primary school parent is concerned that there is no crossing over the Northern Highway to the new school. Kerry Myers with her two sons Jai and Jack Clarke.

OPENING day for Echuca’s newest school is fast approaching but there is still no word on a new children’s crossing on the Northern Hwy.

When asked who was responsible for the crossing and when it could be expected Campaspe Shire council and VicRoads looked at each other.

As excitement builds for the opening of Twin Rivers, some parents are concerned at the lack of safe crossing options.

Students currently cross the highway at the traffic lights at Butcher St and at the Ogilvie Ave roundabout.

Congestion is expected to increase due to the closure of Warren St for bridge construction and parents are concerned the amount of foot traffic combined with vehicles could mean a disaster without a safe crossing.

Campaspe Shire’s infrastructure services general manager Emma Dalton said council was actively advocating to VicRoads to highlight the importance of a safe crossing option on the Northern Hwy.

But VicRoads said their only involvement with the crossing would be after it was built by council and their contractor.

“Our role in it at this stage is to ensure the crossing complies with our regulations when it’s being built,” a spokesperson said.

Echuca mother Kerry Myers lives on the Northern Hwy and said it was hard enough to get across the road in a car let alone on foot.

“A lot of parents aren’t able to drive their kids to and from school every day and we should be encouraging kids to walk or ride to school,” she said.

“When I drive I see a lot of kids walking and riding and I hate to think what could happen when we have even more traffic for the bridge construction.

“With the area continuing to expand and more people moving in, the problem is only going to get worse.

“I would like to see a crossing put in because the options available aren’t practical or safe for the students at the new school.”

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