Bull Lane incident prompts fresh calls for safety measures
A 4-year-old boy was hit by a car on Bull Lane in Chalfont St Peter last week.
He was crossing the road on Bull Lane with his carer on Monday (May 16) on a spot between the railway bridge and Gayhurst School, when a car hit him on his leg.
Pedestrians have to cross the road near a bend because the pavement ends on both sides.
Gloria Ellerby, the young boy's mother, was taking her younger son to nursery as she received a call from the school.
She said: “As a parent you think the worse, but the school was good explaining it and reassuring me.
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“They were already on the road, the guy applied his brakes, he hit my son on the left leg.
“He didn’t fall on the road, nothing major, and luckily he was fine.
Although physically fine, she was concerned of the mental toll on her young son.
Mrs Ellerby said: “It’s happened a couple of times when he’s said ‘I don’t want to walk back home’.
“I think it had an impact emotionally. Now he’s more scared of the road, and maybe more aware.”
She and her son try to walk the 5-minute distance from their house to the school every day, and it would be “heart-breaking” to have to drive the short distance.
She said: “I do feel like it’s very dangerous, I don’t feel safe."
Despite the accident, she didn’t want to blame the drivers only.
Instead, she felt Bucks Council wasn’t going to do something until “there’s a fatality” – a concern another resident expressed.
She added: “It’s something that could happen to anyone, but it does feel like there’s a real lack of measurements just to make them a little bit safer, there’s no crossing and in places no pavement.”
While speeding traffic was a problem for residents and the two schools, heavy vehicles using the road as a rat-run was a particular issue, councillor Tony Shinner from Chalfont St Peter Parish Council said.
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The volume of cars was too high for “what essentially remains a lane”, he said.
Steven Broadbent, Cabinet Member for Transport, commented: “We are sorry to hear about this incident which must have been traumatic for all those involved.
“As with other localities where recorded injuries have occurred we work to understand the causes behind what’s happened, alongside other partners like the police, who are responsible for enforcing speed limits.
“Bull Lane is a narrow C class road with a 20mph advisory during school hours in both directions.
“We urge all road users to take care especially around school drop off and pick up times.
“The council continues to work with schools in the area on their travel plans.”
Thames Valley Police confirmed it had received a report of a minor injury road traffic collision between a car and pedestrian, and an investigation into the allegation is ongoing.
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