Aberdare new school and the Aberdare bypass road
Posted by TerryWalters from Aberdare on the 16th October 2015
I have been surprised since the opening of the new school to find that no action has been taken by our local council to mitigate the risk of increased numbers of school children using the crossing point between the bottom of the Ynys fields and Violet Street, Aberaman.
you would have thought this potential for a tragic accident would have been taken into consideration when all the school feasibility studies were completed some time ago. Yet it seems that no improvements or alterations have been undertaken and so it is surely only a matter of time before something terrible happens here again.
Anybody walking across the bridge at this point at certain times of the day will be greeted by the sight of schoolchildren attempting to cross this road whilst traffic is approaching from both sides at up to 50mph (and that's if they are keeping to the speed limit).
Surely, the council needs to look at this sooner rather than later and either block off the gates which allows children to not take the slower but safer bridge option. Or they need to reduce the speed limit to 20 miles an hour when approaching the crossing and enforce it with a speed camera. Alternatively, they could reduce the speed limit, put up signs to warn motorists they are approaching a school crossing area and install a Pelicon crossing.
Surely I can't be the only thinking this is an accident waiting to happen.