HC Deb 18 March 1965 vol 708 c1465
25. Mr. Hiley

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he is a ware of the danger to schoolchildren at the Priesthorpe School, Farsley, Pudsey, who need to approach the school from the other side of the ring road, with its heavy traffic; and if he will take steps to ensure greater safety for these children by the erection of a footbridge.

Mr. Prentice

I understand that the question of safe access for those pupils of the new school who will need to cross the ring road is at present being studied by the local education authority in consultation with the local highway authority. The provision of a footbridge is not thought to be justified, but a school crossing patrol and additional footpaths, lighting and school signs are under consideration.

Mr. Hiley

I thank the Minister for that reply. Does he realise that we are principally concerned with the safety of the children rather than with the method by which it should be obtained? Is he prepared to co-operate with the Minister of Transport to ensure that this rather dangerous road is controlled or very carefully watched between now and the opening of the school in September?

Mr. Prentice

This is primarily a matter for the local education authority, but my Department will give whatever help is needed in this connection.

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