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Mother calls for crossing on King's Lynn road after son hit by a car

A mother is calling for a crossing on a busy Lynn road after her son was in collision with a car last week.

Sarah McKeiver, of North Lynn, has launched a petition for a pedestrian crossing on Tennyson Road, in Lynn.

Sarah McKeiver with Callum, 11, and Sophie, 7 (3123259)
Sarah McKeiver with Callum, 11, and Sophie, 7 (3123259)

Her son, Callum, 11, was in the accident with a car when crossing over from The Walks to the Spar shop on Thursday and doctors said “he is lucky to be here”.

The mother-of-two said: “It was my son that got hit by the car and I myself have had to brake sharply for kids crossing the road.

“He is OK physically, just bruises and a black eye. But doctors said he is lucky to be here.”

Ms McKeiver, who has already secured some 2,650 signatures in just five days, hopes her petition will create a safer crossing point for children.

Callum McKeiver (3123257)
Callum McKeiver (3123257)

She added: “I started the petition on Friday, the support has been amazing. A lot of people realise there is a problem with the road and something needs to be done about it.

“Something needs to be done to make this road safer. Callum was lucky, but the next child may not be so lucky.”

Ward councillor John Collop said: “What has happened is very distressing and I know there has been a few other incidents on Tennyson Road over the past few years. We are getting some speed cameras along the road, this was something which was already happening.

“There has been talk about having a pedestrian crossing put in for some years now, but it comes down as a money and Norfolk County Council issue.”

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: “We already have plans in place to introduce a 20mph limit on Tennyson Avenue later this year and drivers in the area may already have noticed flashing speed reminder signs on Vancouver Avenue and Tennyson Road.

“We have considered a pedestrian crossing in the area, however, the close proximity of the rail line to the shop rules that out as we need to avoid the possibility of queuing traffic reaching the tracks.

“When further information about this incident is available, we would look carefully at the circumstances to see if any further improvements could be made.”

To support Ms McKeiver’s petition, visit https://bit.ly/2Nmd4wM

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