Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Children's Lives Put at Risk Crossing Busy 70mph Road

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Children's Lives Put at Risk Crossing Busy 70mph Road

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Byline: ALEX METCALFE Local democracy reporter alex.metcalfe@reachplc.com @MECS_LDR

FEARS children are "risking their lives" crossing the A689 have sparked renewed calls for a bridge to Wynyard.

Stockton Council has earmarked a cycleway and path over the dual carriageway to link up householders to village facilities - paid for using money from housing developers.

But residents of a new Taylor Wimpey estate have called for the authorities to get the bridge built sooner rather than later before someone is hurt - or worse.

Mother-of-two Mandy Hodgson said all Wynyard's facilities were on the other side of the A689 - meaning a tricky crossing or a long walk to avoid 70mph traffic on the road.

She said: "My children go to the primary school and they encourage people to walk to school - they are four and eight-years-old and there is absolutely no way we would take them across that road twice a day." Ms Hodgson said a bus had been put on to take children across the road during term time but this only ran on mornings.

And the 37-year-old recalled the death of a cyclist on the road near the Castle Eden Walkway last year when sharing her fears.

She added: "There are a lot of children on the estate and in September there are eight children starting at the primary school. Ultimately, it's a very fast road - it splits the estate in two and needs to be sorted. Are they going to wait until a death before they take action? Because that's a real possibility.

"Whatever the bureaucracy is, they need to consider there are human beings who are potentially risking their lives to be able to go to school."

Fellow mother-of-two Kirsti Loughran moved into Wynyard Park in April last year and wanted to know why a bridge hadn't been built given the money handed over by developers.

She said: "Expecting us to cross a dual carriageway with a 70mph limit is just insane. …

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