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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Crossing victory for Cumbrian school pupils

The persistence and dedication of two students has been rewarded, as a pedestrian crossing was given the final go ahead.

Cockermouth School crossing photo
Head boy Edwin Brown, right, and year 12 representative Callum Pearson

Cockermouth School’s head boy and girl, Edwin Brown and Jessica Singleton, have been campaigning for months to have a new crossing installed on Castlegate Drive after thousands of motorists were caught speeding down the road last year.

Edwin had previously told the News & Star it was “vital” for student safety.

The students’ hard work – with the support of fellow pupils and the school itself – has now paid off, as Cumbria County Council’s local committee for Allerdale agreed to install a signal-controlled toucan crossing outside of the school.

Headteacher Geoff Walker said he was pleased with the result.

“I am, of course, delighted that the crossing will be going ahead, particularly as the area may get busier with increasing use of the Community Hospital, so it is good to know that our students should have a safe place to cross,” he said.

It is hoped the crossing can be installed before the start of the new school term in September.

The town’s rural safety group also lobbied for the crossing after 10,000 motorists were clocked speeding on Castlegate Drive between January and September last year, with a top speed of 81mph. The limit is 30mph.

This is the second school in the town to win its campaign to tackle speeding.

Pupils at All Saints School pressured the council to install 20mph signs on Windmill Lane, Slatefell Drive and the Highfield estate.

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