CONGESTED: Speeding and heavy traffic around a school crossing on Albany St is a growing concern.
CONGESTED: Speeding and heavy traffic around a school crossing on Albany St is a growing concern. Trevor Veale

School crossing accident is waiting to happen

A CHILD'S safety getting to and from school is a priority for parents.

That safety is being increasingly compromised at St Augustine's Primary School by traffic congestion on Albany St, particularly at pick-up and drop-off times.

School principal Peter Watts said Albany St is an arterial road serving as an entry and exit road onto the Pacific Hwy as well as to other main areas in Coffs Harbour, such as the Jetty precinct.

Despite clear signage at the pedestrian crossing, cars have been queuing over the crossing and speeding in the area, creating a dangerous environment for children and their families.

The concern came to a head last year, Mr Watt explained, when a student's bike was clipped by a car on the crossing.

Mr Watts said government funding rounds haven't yet favoured the school, which has previously applied for grants to install flashing lights at the crossing as well as blisters on the road to slow down speeding drivers in the area.

"The end result I'd like to see is some action taken for safety's sake," he said.

"You don't want to wait until something happens and have the conversation then."

Wendy Savaris, who has two children at St Augustine's, believes more needs to be done to increase safety for students.

"It's a very big school, small space so anything that can be done to maximise the chances of everybody staying safe," she said.

"We do need something more down here in Albany St."

Mr Watts and Ms Savaris said 10-week construction works at the intersection of Harbour Dr and Gordon St to start tomorrow won't help the street's traffic pressures.



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