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Calls for action on ‘unsafe’ road after girl, 10, struck by car

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Original article from Kent Live

Highways bosses have been urged to install safety measures on a road deemed dangerous by a Dartford councillor.

Cllr Kelly Grehan says action must be taken on Watling Street as the road is becoming unsafe for children.

Many vehicles travel at speeds greater than the 30mph speed limit, and there are a lack of speed-restrictive measures in place.

READ MORE: More than £3k raised for schoolgirl, 10, who died after tragic Dartford crash

A 10-year-old schoolgirl was tragically killed in a crash on Watling Street which happened last Saturday (July 10), and there is a history of incidents along the road.

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"I live on Watling Street, so myself and my children walk along it on a daily basis," the 41-year-old said.

"Most people who live on the road have a story to tell about some sort of crash.

"I'm very aware how unsafe this road is, and my view is that in the 10 years I've lived here, it has become increasingly less safe for a number of reasons."

A TfL bus, route number 96, comes down Watling Street to go to the hospital, but Cllr Grehan doesn't believe the nearby roundabout has the capacity to take vehicles of this size.

"We actually call it peanut roundabout," she added.

"I don't think it has the capacity to have buses going round it because every time it causes a traffic jam.

"Hospital workers have also been told not to park at the hospital itself, and so they park along Watling Street.

"This has caused massive amounts of parking down the road and it makes visibility when pulling out of junctions very challenging."

Nearby parking is a key issue

With a hospital and a fire station nearby, precautions such as speed bumps have not been installed due to the access required by emergency vehicles potentially travelling at high speeds.

However, the long stretch of flat road has the tendency to encourage drivers to speed.

'No pelican or zebra crossings'

After speaking to parents in the area, Cllr Grehan identified one of the key concerns was children using the crossings.

"There's two crossings but they're just road islands in the middle of the road," she added.

"They're not pelican or zebra crossings, so cars are not obliged to stop for pedestrians and for kids trying to judge speed it can be rather difficult, and drivers do not stop.

"I've noticed far less people stop on those crossings than once did, and the number of children using them each day for school is massive.

"The two crossings we have are simply inadequate for the nature of driving that takes place on that road, every person that spoke to me said we needed a proper crossing."

Cllr Grehan also offered her condolences to the family of Lily, who was killed in a recent crash on Watling Street.

"It's absolutely devastating for us to lose a child in this way," she said.

"I just want to pay tribute to Lily's parents, and I want to send my condolences to the family.

"There's nothing any of us can say that will make them feel any better.

"Lily was obviously very loved and very treasured."

A Kent County Council spokesman said: “We are very sorry to hear that a young girl has died following a road traffic collision on Watling Street and our thoughts are with her family and friends.

“As with all fatal and serious crashes, Kent Police carry out a robust investigation to ascertain any factors which could have caused such incidents.

“The findings are subsequently made known to Kent County Council, which upon advice from the police, and the County Coroner where necessary, undertakes any highway engineering work deemed necessary to help mitigate a similar type of incident from occurring again.

“We are unable to comment on the circumstances surrounding this incident whilst the Kent Police investigation remains active.”’

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