Victory in Dee Road Crossing campaign

Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, and Councillor Sandra Vickers have welcomed the news that two zebra crossings are to be installed on Dee Road, for the benefit of pupils at English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School and St Michael’s Primary School.

Alok has been campaigning for road safety improvements on Dee Road since he was first contacted by local parent and campaigner Emma Simpson-Holland about the issue in November last year. As well as organising a meeting for the schools to discuss road safety with Reading Borough Council, Alok also helped launch a petition which was signed by more than 1,000 local residents and parents.

Reading Borough Council launched a review of road safety measures on Dee Road in March 2015 which has now concluded that there should be two zebra crossings installed.

Alok Sharma said: “I am delighted that after campaigning on this issue with local parents for many months that we have secured such a great result. A big thank you and congratulations to local parent Emma Simpson-Holland who did a superb job leading this campaign.”

Alok continued: “There do however continue to be similar concerns at a number of other schools across the town and I will continue to work will local parents to help make their journeys to school safer. I am also concerned that the yellow school warning lights on Dee Road are still not working and will continue to press the Council for action.”

Local councillor and Governor of English Martyrs’ Primary School, Sandra Vickers said: “This decision is great news and now the parents and children will have peace of mind and be able to cross the road safely to school which should be the norm outside any school in Reading.”

Local parent and road safety campaigner Emma Simpson-Holland said: “It is concerning that the warning lights outside the school are still not being turned on, but of course I am very pleased to hear that they are to install two zebra crossings and I would like to thank Reading Borough Council for this commitment and taking the safety of our children seriously. Thank you also to Alok for all his support which has been vital to getting the agreement of the Council and I am looking forward to the work now commencing.”

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