'It's not safe to walk to school along A40'

Witney Gazette: Parents and pupils staged a protest walk from Bartholomew School along the A40 back to Cassington     Picture: OX68398 Mark Hemsworth Buy this photo Parents and pupils staged a protest walk from Bartholomew School along the A40 back to Cassington Picture: OX68398 Mark Hemsworth

PARENTS walked their children along the A40 to highlight the dangers if their free school transport is cut.

About 30 people took part in the walk from Bartholomew School to Cassington from 3pm yesterday.

Just an hour later a collision between a lorry and a car blocked part of the same route – Lower Road in Eynsham.

It comes after Oxfordshire County Council reviewed the route and said it was safe for children to walk along.

The council wrote to parents stating that free transport will be cut from September and about the option of paying for the school bus at £1.53 a day which would be subject to a review.

Lorna Mills, whose son Aaron is at the school, said: “We will have to pay for the bus because the road is not just safe.”

Lionel Barton, 42, from Cassington, whose 10-year-old son is starting at the school in September, said: “We just don’t understand how this road, which used to be classed as unsafe, how now been reclassified as safe.”

The group, made up of parents and called Cassington Appeal, has submitted a petition calling for a reversal of the decision with 1,000 signatures.

County council Director for Children, Education and Families Jim Leivers said: “The county council is keen to work with Bartholomew School to support them in finding other options.”

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8:52am Fri 4 Jul 14

huffer12 says...

How on earth can that road be safe for anyone to walk down let alone children. Would the Councillors who made that decision let their children do that route twice a day, NO. Come on OCC think again please
How on earth can that road be safe for anyone to walk down let alone children. Would the Councillors who made that decision let their children do that route twice a day, NO. Come on OCC think again please huffer12
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12:46pm Fri 4 Jul 14

King Joke says...

It's a sad state of affairs when we admit that driving standards have plummeted so low that it is not safe for pedestrians to walk several meters from a carriageway. Are things really that bad, or is this a game of brinkmanship by parents using emotional blackmail to try and carry on getting their freebie?

At school times aren't traffic speeds at the Cassington lights about 5 mph? I'm constantly hearing how congested the A40 is.
It's a sad state of affairs when we admit that driving standards have plummeted so low that it is not safe for pedestrians to walk several meters from a carriageway. Are things really that bad, or is this a game of brinkmanship by parents using emotional blackmail to try and carry on getting their freebie? At school times aren't traffic speeds at the Cassington lights about 5 mph? I'm constantly hearing how congested the A40 is. King Joke
  • Score: 7

5:46pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Madi50n says...

King Joke wrote:
It's a sad state of affairs when we admit that driving standards have plummeted so low that it is not safe for pedestrians to walk several meters from a carriageway. Are things really that bad, or is this a game of brinkmanship by parents using emotional blackmail to try and carry on getting their freebie?

At school times aren't traffic speeds at the Cassington lights about 5 mph? I'm constantly hearing how congested the A40 is.
Yes it is sad, and yes driving standards are that bad, yes it's not safe to walk on a pavement several metres from the carriageway. 1 poor girl killed last week and 3 other people injured, on a pavement during rush hour last week.

The really sad thing here is somebody will have to be killed or seriously injured before anyone admits they are wrong.

Much as I hope that this never happens, if it does, I hope the people responsible for this decision are dragged in front of the public and forced to admit they put money over people's safety.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: It's a sad state of affairs when we admit that driving standards have plummeted so low that it is not safe for pedestrians to walk several meters from a carriageway. Are things really that bad, or is this a game of brinkmanship by parents using emotional blackmail to try and carry on getting their freebie? At school times aren't traffic speeds at the Cassington lights about 5 mph? I'm constantly hearing how congested the A40 is.[/p][/quote]Yes it is sad, and yes driving standards are that bad, yes it's not safe to walk on a pavement several metres from the carriageway. 1 poor girl killed last week and 3 other people injured, on a pavement during rush hour last week. The really sad thing here is somebody will have to be killed or seriously injured before anyone admits they are wrong. Much as I hope that this never happens, if it does, I hope the people responsible for this decision are dragged in front of the public and forced to admit they put money over people's safety. Madi50n
  • Score: 0

5:49pm Fri 4 Jul 14

mytaxes says...

The parents will have to walk with their children if they are so worried.
The parents will have to walk with their children if they are so worried. mytaxes
  • Score: 0

6:32pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Thinkingoutloud says...

Why is it safe for these kids to cross this road several times at weekends and evenings to get from Cassington to Eynsham to meet friends but not safe to walk to school every day?
Why is it safe for these kids to cross this road several times at weekends and evenings to get from Cassington to Eynsham to meet friends but not safe to walk to school every day? Thinkingoutloud
  • Score: -1

7:23pm Fri 4 Jul 14

The New Private Eye says...

Madi50n wrote:
King Joke wrote:
It's a sad state of affairs when we admit that driving standards have plummeted so low that it is not safe for pedestrians to walk several meters from a carriageway. Are things really that bad, or is this a game of brinkmanship by parents using emotional blackmail to try and carry on getting their freebie?

At school times aren't traffic speeds at the Cassington lights about 5 mph? I'm constantly hearing how congested the A40 is.
Yes it is sad, and yes driving standards are that bad, yes it's not safe to walk on a pavement several metres from the carriageway. 1 poor girl killed last week and 3 other people injured, on a pavement during rush hour last week.

The really sad thing here is somebody will have to be killed or seriously injured before anyone admits they are wrong.

Much as I hope that this never happens, if it does, I hope the people responsible for this decision are dragged in front of the public and forced to admit they put money over people's safety.
You are correct Madison, the standard of driving from THE STAGECOACH DRIVERS on THE S Routes using the A40 at this location fall well bellow the expected standard. But as usual the authorities will ignore the danger posed by a 12 ton double decker driven erratically to our children.
[quote][p][bold]Madi50n[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: It's a sad state of affairs when we admit that driving standards have plummeted so low that it is not safe for pedestrians to walk several meters from a carriageway. Are things really that bad, or is this a game of brinkmanship by parents using emotional blackmail to try and carry on getting their freebie? At school times aren't traffic speeds at the Cassington lights about 5 mph? I'm constantly hearing how congested the A40 is.[/p][/quote]Yes it is sad, and yes driving standards are that bad, yes it's not safe to walk on a pavement several metres from the carriageway. 1 poor girl killed last week and 3 other people injured, on a pavement during rush hour last week. The really sad thing here is somebody will have to be killed or seriously injured before anyone admits they are wrong. Much as I hope that this never happens, if it does, I hope the people responsible for this decision are dragged in front of the public and forced to admit they put money over people's safety.[/p][/quote]You are correct Madison, the standard of driving from THE STAGECOACH DRIVERS on THE S Routes using the A40 at this location fall well bellow the expected standard. But as usual the authorities will ignore the danger posed by a 12 ton double decker driven erratically to our children. The New Private Eye
  • Score: -6

8:32am Sat 5 Jul 14

Garry Henwood says...

Much as I support the comments about walking to school, which we should encourage more and more, This is not a nice route to walk and one of the biggest problems will be cyclist using the cycle paths.
Much as I support the comments about walking to school, which we should encourage more and more, This is not a nice route to walk and one of the biggest problems will be cyclist using the cycle paths. Garry Henwood
  • Score: 2

4:53pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Danny3 says...

if the A40 were anywhere in the Netherlands, it would have 2 metre wide cycle paths on either side of it, along with separate footpaths. Being in the UK, it has a single, narrow, low quality (and poorly maintained) path, with poor separation from motor traffic, to be shared between cyclists and pedestrians.
if the A40 were anywhere in the Netherlands, it would have 2 metre wide cycle paths on either side of it, along with separate footpaths. Being in the UK, it has a single, narrow, low quality (and poorly maintained) path, with poor separation from motor traffic, to be shared between cyclists and pedestrians. Danny3
  • Score: 0
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