Lliswerry councillor warns of danger road as Newport crash schoolboy recovers

South Wales Argus: The 11-year-old Lliswerry High School pupil suffered serious head injuries The 11-year-old Lliswerry High School pupil suffered serious head injuries

AS A schoolboy recovers in hospital after being hit by a car on the Southern Distributor Road last week, a Newport councillor warns of the danger to children crossing the road.

The 11-year-old Lliswerry High School pupil suffered serious head injuries after being hit by a grey Fiat Stilo car while crossing the road on Friday afternoon.

As the Argus went to print Gwent Police confirmed that staff at Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales were hoping to take the boy, who suffered head injuries, off a ventilator and out of intensive care.

Member for Lliswerry ward Councillor Allan Morris told the Argus he wished the boy a speedy recovery, but said crossing the four-lane road required "extreme caution".

"I have always had concerns about that road," explained Cllr Morris, who said he has written about the subject more than 50 times in his 'Grassroots' column for the Argus.

"It is a fast-moving dangerous road to cross. It is so important that it is crossed via the safest route."

Cllr Morris said there are footbridges crossing the road which he described as "faster than normal".

When asked if the road required a lower speed limit or more signs, Cllr Morris said: "It is what it is, it is supposed to be a high speed road across Newport.

"If signs went up it could encourage more kids to cross the road. Everybody needs to use extreme caution and use the crossing points - don't take a risk."

Motorists should be "extra vigilant" at school times, Cllr Morris said.

"Anyone crossing that road coming from near the high school, the only way to cross safely is via that footbridge," he said.

"Vehicles are moving a lot quicker than you think and parents can show by example, by not taking risks when crossing."

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2:10pm Mon 14 Jan 13

steve'o says...

Obviously, the first concerns are with the poor lad's health, hope he makes a quick and complete recovery.
Just a small query - when this first appeared on the SWA website mid afternoon on Thursday 10 January, it said the SDR was closed from the Morrisons area to the Coldra roundabout, so I immediately advised my wife who was travelling from Cardiff home to Llanwern Village that she might need to use an alternative route. However, it appeared that the SDR WAS open, certainly from the Coldra as far as the Llanwern High School roundabout, because both my wife & daughter used it to access the Llanwern Village exit. A bit of misinformation that could have caused some problems to a fair few people and some fairly hefty traffic jams.
Incidentally, the warning signs on the M4 were saying that Corporation Road was closed!!
Obviously, the first concerns are with the poor lad's health, hope he makes a quick and complete recovery. Just a small query - when this first appeared on the SWA website mid afternoon on Thursday 10 January, it said the SDR was closed from the Morrisons area to the Coldra roundabout, so I immediately advised my wife who was travelling from Cardiff home to Llanwern Village that she might need to use an alternative route. However, it appeared that the SDR WAS open, certainly from the Coldra as far as the Llanwern High School roundabout, because both my wife & daughter used it to access the Llanwern Village exit. A bit of misinformation that could have caused some problems to a fair few people and some fairly hefty traffic jams. Incidentally, the warning signs on the M4 were saying that Corporation Road was closed!! steve'o
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3:34pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Marc2601 says...

I work on Felnex industrial estate with many others. Everytime theres a road closure here, it uasually takes an extra hour or more to get home. We could do with another exit here as there is only one that is by Morrisons. Also maybe there should be cameras on these lights as people are always jumping them and turning where they shouldn't. Somebody will be killed here
I work on Felnex industrial estate with many others. Everytime theres a road closure here, it uasually takes an extra hour or more to get home. We could do with another exit here as there is only one that is by Morrisons. Also maybe there should be cameras on these lights as people are always jumping them and turning where they shouldn't. Somebody will be killed here Marc2601
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3:48pm Mon 14 Jan 13

R.P55555 says...

I think this road needs a footbridge at both ends. as we now have the sports village and new housing going up.
I think this road needs a footbridge at both ends. as we now have the sports village and new housing going up. R.P55555
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5:17pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Magor says...

I see kids crossing near the footbridges outside Tesco ,this road can be like crossing the M4,dont do it.
I see kids crossing near the footbridges outside Tesco ,this road can be like crossing the M4,dont do it. Magor
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7:27pm Mon 14 Jan 13

sugar2002ukuk says...

hope this young lad makes a speedy recovery thoughts are with his family. Obviously we don't know the full facts of the case but do second the councilor's concern. Have seen kids running across this road many times sometimes just yards away from the crossing by Morrisons and the footbridge just down from the school. Would plead with these children do not do ityour risking your life.
hope this young lad makes a speedy recovery thoughts are with his family. Obviously we don't know the full facts of the case but do second the councilor's concern. Have seen kids running across this road many times sometimes just yards away from the crossing by Morrisons and the footbridge just down from the school. Would plead with these children do not do ityour risking your life. sugar2002ukuk
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