Schools weigh in to lorries road appeal

HGV and cement trucks "inundating" Moorland Road, Poulton
HGV and cement trucks "inundating" Moorland Road, Poulton
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Primary school bosses have added their voices to an appeal to limit heavy goods vehicles on a busy Poulton road home to two schools.

Campaigners are calling for a weight restriction to be imposed on Moorland Road in the town, which has been branded a ‘cement rat run’ by residents.

Neighbours say they fear it is “an accident waiting to happen” as the lorries – from a plant on Poulton industrial estate – along with a host of other HGV vehicles using the road, are passing by Hodgson Academy and St John’s RC School on the road.

Bosses of the secondary school have already backed the campaign, saying pupil safety is paramount.

Now St John’s RC Primary School, on the corner of the junction with Breck Road, as well as Breck Primary School, off Breck Road, have joined the campaign.

Breck Primary School has seen two of its pupils knocked down by cars in minor accidents in the last three years.

St John’s headteacher Gillian Hodgson said: “We are in support of any traffic calming measures around our school which increase the safety of our pupils.”

Maria Taylor, business manager at Breck Primary School, added: “It is very difficult for us to champion walking to school when the roads are so busy, especially with HGVs.

“We anticipate our ‘walk to school’ children will increase in the next few years and as traffic has increased so has the risk to our pupils and parents but also to those families coming to school by car.”

County Coun Alf Clempson, who has lobbied on the residents’ behalf, has confirmed plans to impose a weight limit on the road.

Lancashire County Council has proposed to impose a 7.5 tonne weight limit on the road, between Garstang Road East and Breck Road, and is undertaking a four-week consultation to ensure new traffic regulations are legally enforceable.