Parents call for railings outside primary school after near miss

A mother whose daughter was almost knocked down outside a primary school has called for safety measures to be put in place “immediately.”

Salwa El-Huraiby made the plea after two-year-old Lily was involved in a near-miss outside King Solomon Academy Primary School in Marylebone.

She said: “We need to have railings put up outside the school gates immediately – before we launch any campaigns or any petitions. It needs to happen now.

“It’s an accident waiting to happen.

“Children come out of the gates and they just run around. They don’t have any sense of the danger.”

Ms El-Huraiby’s daughter ran onto the road at the end of school two weeks ago and narrowly missed being hit by a car.

She said: “All I can do is thank God that she missed it. My heart just sank. I couldn’t believe it was happening.

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“My daughter could have been knocked down and I simply won’t accept them daring to say that there isn’t enough money to put railings up.”

King Solomon’s gates open onto Lisson Street – a busy route used by drivers cutting between major roads, Edgware Road and Lisson Grove.

Parents say there are not enough signs warning road users that there is a school in the area and the area should be made a 20mph speed limit zone.

The Wood&Vale was unable to contact King Solomon Academy at the time of going to press.

Martin Low, Westminster City Council’s City Commissioner of Transportation, said: “The city council has previously implemented a local safety scheme for the area surrounding King Solomon Academy, which included placing ‘slow school’ markings on Penfold Street outside the school gates and also installing a zebra crossing along the same road.

“The request for railings or barriers is a new one, which is not currently included in the school’s own travel plan. However, we are very happy to meet with the school to discuss further ways in which we can improve road safety around the academy.

“We welcome the interest shown by the school community in road safety and hope that it will result in some parents organising ‘walking buses’ and helping children with kerb-side training, which are two great ways of getting children and their parents to walk to school.”