Drivers ignoring road closure ‘put children at risk’

A primary school headteacher, parents and businesses say it’s only a matter of time before a child is seriously injured, as motorists brazenly ignore road closure signs in Lincoln.

Residents of Thorpe on the Hill say that children and parents have had to jump out of the way of cars as they drive at speed, ignoring road closure signs on Little Thorpe Lane.

Troubles are said to have started when Anglian Water closed off Station Road in the village close to South Hykeham to fix a water main.

The road will be closed off for the next eight weeks while works are ongoing.

As a result, drivers have been trying to find a different way round and many have been using a small lane which runs by St Michael’s C of E Primary School.

Police officers closed off the lane with traffic cones and “access only” signs but cars are still being captured on video driving through one by one.

Drivers who ignore the signs are ‘putting children at risk’. Photo: Steven Breach and Andy Esberger-Brown

Naomi Weaver, headteacher at St Michael’s told The Lincolnite: “The small lane is being used by lots of people to cut through on the rat run to and from work.

“I’ve never been so scared for the children in my 14 years of experience as I am now.

“The drivers are even being abusive to my staff when they are told that they need to slow down.

“A van driver said that he would start a fight with the assistant head teacher after he told the driver to slow down.”

The school has started to do walking buses from Whisby to school and have had staff acting as traffic wardens in the village to try and keep children safe.

St Michael’s is based just off of Little Thorpe Lane. Photo: Google Maps

“We just cannot sustain the amount we have had to police the roads. My staff should not be out on the roads they should be preparing for classes.

“People are really in danger here. I had one parent come into school in tears after walking her child to school. We need something to change, we cannot wait until a child get hurt walking to school.”

Steven Breach, owner of the Dog Adventure Centre, also said: “I’m concerned about the thousands of cars that have been essentially diverted down the lane and past the primary school.

“The road is not wide enough for two cars in places and there is no public footpath for the school children to be safe.

“School staff and PCSOs have been trying their best but we have seen some cars clip each other with parents and children having to jump out of the way.”