‘Here are 2,000 reasons why we need a crossing’

Campaigners hand over petition with 1800 signatures call for a pelican crossing in Crofton at the junction of Slack Lane / High Street.'Maureen Cummings, Jill Slack, Faith Heptinstall, Peter Box, Jenny Wright, David Dagger, Albert Manifield, Christine Dart, Trevour Chalkley
Campaigners hand over petition with 1800 signatures call for a pelican crossing in Crofton at the junction of Slack Lane / High Street.'Maureen Cummings, Jill Slack, Faith Heptinstall, Peter Box, Jenny Wright, David Dagger, Albert Manifield, Christine Dart, Trevour Chalkley

Campaigners fighting for a pelican crossing near four schools have handed in a petition with more than 2,000 signatures in to Wakefield Council.

Grandmother Jenny Wright launched the petition for a crossing at the junction of Slack Lane and High Street in Crofton after her 10-year-old grandson was hit by car.

Concerned parents, councillors and shop owners all signed the petition which was handed over to Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport David Dagger on Wednesday.

Mrs Wright said: “The traffic around the junction is horrendous.

“People just simply can’t cross the road because it is so busy. “It wasn’t the driver’s fault when my grandson got hit but there’s been quite a few accidents over the last few years and it’s only a matter of time before something serious happens.

“I am really pleased with the amount of support we’ve had from councillors, the parish council and parents.”

Mrs Wright said she hopes the council will respond to the petition soon.

She said: “We have four schools very close to each other around where we want the crossing to be. That’s more than 2,000 children coming and going throughout the day.”

Coun Dagger said: “We thank people for taking the time to make this representation and the petition will be considered through our standard process.”