PARENTS in Peebles have welcomed a new crossing on a busy route to school.

Several mums and dads campaigned for new safety measures on the ‘most dangerous’ road in Peebles.

For years worried parents regarded the daily crossing of Rosetta Road as an accident waiting to happen.

After seeking help from Scottish Borders councillors and Police Scotland, temporary build-outs were put in place.

But now, a permanent build-out with pencil bollards have been installed, and children are no longer playing ‘Russian roulette’ trying to cross the road to go to school.

Jacqui Smith, who put the wheels in motion over a year ago after fearing a child would be knocked down on their way to school, said: “It’s been a long time coming but I’m glad the Council has listened to the concerns of myself and other parents.

“Drivers come along that road at excessive speeds, especially during school pick-up and drop-off times.

"It’s part of the safer routes to school for both Kingsland and Halyrude pupils.

"The build-out to one side will certainly give them a better view of on-coming traffic.”

Although the new crossing is in place Jacqui is still appealing for drivers to slow down.

She added: “I would ask them to please slow down, stop and let children cross safely.

"I’m delighted this has been implemented but we all have to do our part to keep children safe crossing busy roads like this one.”

Tweeddale councillor Kris Chapman backed the campaign for a safer crossing.

He told the Peeblesshire News: “The safety of our residents is paramount, none more so than our children and young people the road on the way to school.

“I am delighted that we now have a crossing which will help our young people better see the oncoming traffic so they can cross this road safely.

“I would like to thank the parents that raised this issue, and the way in which the community came together to work with officers at Scottish Borders Council, local businesses and the police to find a solution.”