A six-year campaign for a zebra crossing outside our academy has finally ended, and a new crossing has been implemented by Nottinghamshire County Council.

The road outside Tuxford Primary has been made safer with a traffic light system and sign-posted crossing.

The crossing is the result of a campaign by local councillor Mr John Ogle, in partnership with parents, staff, pupils and local residents.

In November 2015, Mr Ogle presented a 483-signature petition to the county council chairman and, in March 2018, the council approved the plans as part of its 2018/19 integrated transport plan.

Until April 2013, a crossing patrol was provided but, when they retired, a survey was conducted under the previous council administration and the site was deemed to not meet the criteria for a new patrol.

Mr Ogle said: “That the crossing is now in place and being used on a daily basis is a fantastic result for our campaign. Many of the academy’s pupils and their families cross this road to get to school and drivers often have not slowed down appropriately after joining the road from the A1.

“During busy periods, there was a very real threat of a serious accident, so the crossing has been very much worth campaigning for. I am delighted that we have been able to make a difference.”

Tuxford Primary Academy’s Principal, Jo Witham, said: “The safety of our pupils, their families and our staff is of the greatest importance. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Councillor Ogle and the local community for supporting us in ensuring this issue was taken seriously – we are thrilled with the result.”