Girls’ delight as work begins on Northorpe crossing

Molly and Willow.
Molly and Willow.
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Two schoolgirls say a pedestrian crossing being built on a road where they were hit by a minibus will prevent future accidents.

Bourne Academy pupils Molly Williams and Willow James suffered serious injuries in the accident on the A15 in Northorpe in January last year.

We and our family and friends are all extremely excited about the crossing being built.

Molly and Willow

The best friends were both crossing the busy road after getting off the school bus.

Residents of Northorpe and nearby Thurlby immediately launched a campaign calling for Lincolnshire County Council to build pedestrian crossings in each village.

And on Monday work finally started on the crossing in Northorpe, although the council has said it can’t afford to build one in Thurlby.

Now back at school and fully recovered, Year 8 pupils Molly and Willow this week said: “We and our family and friends are all extremely excited about the crossing being built.

“It will help people who have just got off the bus, dog walkers and hopefully prevent any more accidents. We will both watch the progress of the crossing being built.”

A key figure in the campaign was mum-of-two Clare White, who lived in Thurlby at the time of the accident.

She started a petition which attracted more than 7,000 signatures, but has since moved to the Deepings where her daughter goes to school to avoid sending her on the bus.

Molly’s father, Michael Williams, said: “The new crossing at Northorpe is a result of a huge amount of effort and hard work by a genuinely passionate and caring community.

“On behalf of my family I would like to offer a sincere thank you to everyone involved in the campaign. Their efforts to make the area a safer place have set a heartening and inspiring example”.

Willow’s mother Kirsten James added: “We are delighted Northorpe finally has its crossing after many years of campaigning and a tremendous effort by the community to convince the council to allocate the funds to the project. “We now urge the council to take a pro-active approach to road safety in the future, rather than wait for another horrific accident to spur them into action.

“Lives are still at risk at both Thurlby and Morton.”

Molly and Willow are keen to share their story with others to reduce the chance of anyone having to go through the same experience.  Since their return to school they have spoken in assemblies and visited primary schools to share their road safety message.