A PETITION has been launched in a bid to boost safety on a busy Braintree Road.

Residents are calling for Essex County Council to launch a safety review of Notley Road, with hopes of adding a new pedestrian crossing to the area and slash the speed limit from 30 to 20mph.

Campaigners claim roughly 2,000 school children use Notley Road to get to John Ray Infant School, John Ray Junior School, and Notley High School and Braintree Sixth Form.

The major cause of concern is the stretch of road between Notley High School and Hoppit Mead Bridge.

Braintree and Witham Times: Concern - Hoppit Mead BridgeConcern - Hoppit Mead Bridge (Image: Google Maps)

A statement on the petition’s page said: “There is a school crossing patrol during school day times, but we feel that a permanent pedestrian crossing would be beneficial for all, including the children and elderly.

“There is a pedestrian crossing outside the Notley High School yet nothing which serves the road nearby Lister and Lodge roads, which during busy times is very difficult to cross. 

“We would like Essex County Council to review the current speed limit and if 20mph cannot be agreed, look to add a 30mph flashing warning sign for the safety of our children and elderly residents.”

Concerned motorist Jack Brewster who frequently uses Notley Road says there are parking issues on the road.

Braintree and Witham Times: School - John Ray Infant SchoolSchool - John Ray Infant School (Image: Google Maps)

He claims there is not enough parking in the road to accommodate parents dropping off their children.

"The real issue is the inconsiderate parking around the schools," he said.

"Without proper vision or any safe places to pull in for when vehicles are approaching, drivers are led to make hard decisions which puts them, other drivers and pedestrians at risk."

An Essex County Council spokesman said: “The best way for residents to raise concerns about local safety issues is to contact their local Essex county councillor.

"They can then raise the concerns for appropriate action at the local highways panel.

"If the councillor supports a request, they can include petitions as supporting evidence.

“To find out more about suggesting changes, visit the Braintree Local Highways panel at essexhighways.org/braintree-lhp

To sign the petition, go to tinyurl.com/3pw7hmtt.