A PRIMARY school in Worcester was visited by a local MP this month to discuss the extra challenges pupil are facing travelling to and from school.

Harriet Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire, paid a visit to Lower Broadheath Primary School, to take a "step forward" in her campaign to secure a safe road crossing for pupils.

She said: "The main road through Lower Broadheath has been a significant concern over recent years and there has been increased enforcement to try and reduce speeding. Nevertheless, it is clearly a busy road at all times of the day and with extra new housing being built, more and more people are crossing the road, either to get to and from school or to get to the village pubs and community shop."

Mrs Baldwin is now working together with councillor Scott Richardson Brown, after calling for "extra enforcement" last year to combat the problems caused by speeding cars driving through the village. The pair agreed to press for a permanent crossing to help pupils and parents to get safely across the road.

She said: "Speaking to pupils and staff, it is clear to me that this has whole scale support and from my time knocking on doors in the village, I know that this is a key issue for villagers. I plan to work with Scott and the Worcestershire highways team to see where we can secure the funds to get this crossing built".

Councillor Brown said the road in Lower Broadheath was getting "busier and busier" every year.

He said: "With more housing planned near Crown East it will continue to see increasing levels of traffic in the future. It's important we encourage move active travel across Worcestershire but to do that we need to have the infrastructure to enable people to safely walk around the village and in particularly encourage parents and children to walk to school."

He added: "A new crossing is therefore a very important component of this and I'll work hard with Worcestershire County Council to look at how it can be funded and installed."