TRAFFIC-CALMING measures are to be introduced on a stretch of road outside a Wrexham primary school where parents fear there could be a fatality.
Two accidents in the space of just a few minutes last week on the B5426 road outside Eyton Primary School have left parents fuming, and they have called for the 60mph speed limit to be reduced to a 30mph zone.
The first accident occurred when two cars collided as parents picked up their children on Wednesday afternoon.
But minutes later, the ambulance attending the scene of the crash was hit by another car. A second ambulance was called to take the car driver to hospital because the first ambulance was too badly damaged.
The car driver suffered whiplash injuries and police were called to direct traffic until the debris was cleared.
The accidents have intensified the pressure on Wrexham Council to make the road safe, and Paul Roberts, director of development services at Wrexham Council has told the Mail that traffic-calming measures will be implemented.
He said: 'Traffic engineers from the council have been working with the school and the local community to make drivers more aware of the school and junctions on the road.
'We are in the process of upgrading road signs and putting down road markings. The school has designed a drawing with the slogan Go Slow, Be Safe. This will be fitted on new Eyton village signs so drivers know they are coming into an area where they need to be safe.
'Extra warning signs have also been ordered that will light up if drivers are approaching too fast. These signs are the first in Wrexham to be solar and wind powered.'
However, Mr Roberts also confirmed the speed limit would not be reduced due to strict Government guidelines, leaving campaigners frustrated.
He added: 'Speed limits are set by Government criteria and currently take account of a number of issues including the number of vehicles, the number of properties on the road and any street lighting.
'A 30mph speed limit at Eyton is not appropriate under these criteria.'
But parent Ian Owen believes the legislation should be changed before someone is killed.
'There are accidents here all the time, but because there are no street lights they won't reduce the speed limit,' Ian said. 'Something terrible is going to happen soon.'
His concerns were echoed by campaigner Dave Bithell, who said: 'A number of accidents have happened along this stretch of road, and only for the grace of God have we not seen a fatality.
'One death is too many. I know there is a scheme in progress but this does not go far enough. We need a permanent speed restriction past Eyton Primary School in line with all other schools.'