THE playgroup and primary school in Greencastle have joined forces to highlight what they fear are the growing dangers facing their children due to speeding traffic.
Over 200 pupils aged between two and 11 attend the Green Elves playgroup and Our Lady of Lourdes PS in the village each day.
But now teachers and parents are becoming increasingly worried at the lack of traffic calming on the busy Crockanboy Road, which runs past both.
Speaking to the Tyrone Herald, the playgroup leader, Roisin Gallagher, and school principal Neil McCloy, said urgent action is needed to address the issue.
“The speed of the traffic on the road outside the playgroup and primary school can be really frightening, especially at the peak drop-off and pick-up times,” said Roisin Gallagher.
“Parents have been coming to me about the speed of the vehicles and they want something done because they see the risks of an accident happening.
“The situation has definitely got a lot worse in the past number of years. We don’t have a lot of parking around the playgroup which means that the children and their parents have to cross the busy road twice a day.
“There used to be a lollipop patrol in the area, but that was taken away a few years ago. We have raised the need for speed bumps, and it’s so frustrating that nothing has been done to address our very real worries about this.
“It’s a disgrace that nothing has happened to address this because we have two large housing areas at Maryville and Seskinshule and the need for traffic calming is definitely clear.”
Her comments were echoed by the Principal of Our Lady of Lourdes PS, Neil McCloy..
“Myself and Roisin Gallagher have spoken about this and everyone supports the need for traffic calming.
“It can definitely be dangerous trying to cross the Crockanboy Road at the moment and hopefully something will be done as soon as possible.”
The Department for Infrastructure says it currently has no plans to introduce traffic calming in the area, but would be willing to engage with the school and the playgroup if they have particular concerns.