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Traffic fears outside new primary school site in Camden Town

Council moves to install emergency measures outside Hawley School buildings

06 February, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

Hawley Primary School parents, Molly Griffin, Rachel Tough, Kelly Fowler and Amy Davies

EMERGENCY traffic-calming measures are to be installed next to a new school, amid fears that children’s lives are being put in danger on a daily basis from speeding cars.

Hawley Primary School moved into its new, purpose-built premises in Hawley Road, Camden Town, in the autumn but parents says a zebra crossing outside – which spans three lanes of traffic – may not be enough to prevent an accident.

After their warnings, the council said this week they will put in new signs warning drivers to slow down, as they draw up permanent plans to slow cars down.

Mother Rachel Tough said: “People drive so fast along here, having just a zebra crossing is very dangerous – we need more than that.”

And Amy Davies, who also has a child at the school, added: “For now, there should be at the very least a lollipop lady to help people cross, and, in the long-term, traffic-calming measures including perhaps another set of lights.”

She added that cars come round a bend that creates a blind spot near the school, with large lorries heading to the Hawley Wharf development site limiting sight lines. Parent Stephanie Levy said: “I see close calls here every single day. It is a matter of time before someone gets seriously injured.”

Labour councillor Phil Jones said: “Camden is aware of the road safety concerns in relation to the newly implemented zebra crossing on Hawley Road and is taking action to rectify these. As an immediate measure, we will be erecting signs to inform drivers to slow down as children may be crossing ahead at a zebra crossing. The council has commissioned an independent road safety audit of the crossing, which will include input from all the relevant agencies.”


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