Schools seek action on road safety fears

Appin St crossing concern, with works to lift Williams Rd safety

SAFETY CONCERNS: This recommended crossing point in Appin Street may come in for some attention, as the Rural City of Wangaratta looks to improve safety for youngsters like Appin Park Primary School students Emma McAuliffe, Max O’Brien and Regan O’Brien.

IMPROVING road safety measures around a busy Appin Street retail strip is on the agenda for the Rural City of Wangaratta.

Manager technical services at the rural city, Adrian Gasperoni, recently revealed plans to relocate a school crossing near the intersection of Phillipson Street and Williams Road due to safety concerns.

And he said improving a crossing point close to shops at the Williams Road end of Appin Street had also become a focus, following consultation with Appin Park Primary School.

“We are looking at some minor work, such as taking out some carparks to improve visibility,” Mr Gasperoni said.

Appin Park principal Wendy Larcombe said concerns had been expressed about the existing recommended crossing point, which is located near the corner of Evalyn Court and Appin Street.

“It was really brought to my attention by a parent who was walking her children to school and saw a couple of incidents that caused concern, and who herself had found it difficult to cross there,” Ms Larcombe said.

“Then I had three phone calls within a week about children coming from behind cars to cross the road.”

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