A utility firm insists it is doing what it can to improve safety, after a worried Isle of Wight mum said her daughters had to “walk in the middle of a busy road” on their way to school this morning (Friday).
In a statement Southern Water said is has provided someone to help people cross Newport Road:
“We do have a separate traffic management operative there managing the lights, and he is stood at the crossing assisting anyone wanting to cross.”
“We understand that the works can be an inconvenience to residents and those who use the road, and we’re working hard to complete repairs as quickly and as safely as possible.
This led to fears for the safety of schoolchildren, voiced by mum Gemma Cowley who has told Isle of Wight Radio that her daughters were forced to wait until a neighbour escorted then across the road. The junction crosses a busy rush-hour route.
Work by Southern Water at Northwood means that the only pedestrian crossing in the village has been switched off. It is a vital link for children heading to Northwood Primary School.