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Villagers call for safety measures on Rufforth road
A MOTHER says a lorry narrowly missed her young daughter when it mounted a narrow pavement in a village near York.
Sarah Day, of Rufforth, said her five-year-old daughter Lilia was walking to the village school when the 7.5 tonne truck mounted the extremely narrow pavement on a blind bend in the main street.
“It missed her by about 30 centimetres,” Sarah said.
She said there had also been a number of serious accidents in the area in the past six months, with cars overturning and crashing into walls after mounting pavements.
Drivers were hurtling through the village on the B1224 York to Wetherby road at more than 40mph and action was needed to tackle the danger.
“Residents are being put in danger by the awful road,” she said. “They have been complaining to the council for years and had no progress on improving safety.
“The pavements are in places absent, or very narrow, forcing children to walk on the road or in single file.
“You can’t even hold their hands in parts by the church.”
She said she thought there should be a properly enforced 20mph limit outside the school, as happened at most other schools in York, and a lollipop crossing patrol.
She also believed the pavement should be widened and the road narrowed, and railings should be put up to protect pedestrians on the pavement near the church.
“It does feel like they won’t be happy making changes until someone dies,” she said.
Kathryn MacKay, road safety project officer at City of York Council, said there was an established school crossing patrol site outside the school and the council was actively trying to fill the vacancy.
She said accident records and traffic speeds would be investigated following the speeding complaint to determine what, if any action should be taken.
Data showed the average speed was about 30mph in Rufforth, and the speed limit was 30mph for a number of reasons, including the fact that the B1224 was classed as a “Key Traffic Route”.
This meant the council had an agreement with the emergency services not to install traffic calming measures, because it could cost lives in terms of the time taken for emergency services to get to and from an emergency.
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