Campaigners have renewed calls for the council to install a zebra crossing between two schools in west Reading.

Alok Sharma, Reading West MP. has backed the campaign for a crossing on Brownlow Road between All Saints Infants School and All Saints Junior School.

A petition to Reading Borough Council (RBC) has received 220 signatures since it was set up three weeks ago.

Tasmin Lucas, a governor at All Saints Infants School, said: “We are very to get a zebra crossing between our two schools.

“We have children from the age of four onwards who are crossing the road up to six times a day to get between the schools.

“Obviously that can be quite dangerous.

“We’ve got lots of parked cars, lots of cars coming and going and we’re really nervous that there might be an accident that might harm one of the children or our parents one day.”

Alok Sharma, Reading West MP, said: “I am really pleased to support this campaign to make sure that we get a crossing between these two schools.

“You have children crossing the road on a regular basis throughout the day and I have seen myself how dangerous it can potentially be when cars are coming through.

“I hope that the council will listen, and I hope we can get change here which will ultimately benefit children in our communities and children who go to our local schools.”

The MP previously backed a campaign in 2015 to get a crossing outside the schools, which was unsuccessful.

A council spokesman said: “The road is generally quiet outside of peak hours and already has traffic calming measures in place outside the school in the form of road humps.

“There are also the usual school keep clear markings to prevent dangerous parking at busy school pick up and drop off times.

“Ward councillors have asked the council to consider what further improvements may be possible using the small amount of developer money available in the area.

“If the school wanted to fund its own school crossing patrol, as Abbey Primary does in the south of the borough, we would of course be happy to work with them to consider options.”

A similar campaign was launched in east Reading last year to  end a ‘dangerous’ crossing situation outside an east Reading school.

The campaigners for a zebra crossing outside St Joseph’s College are now seeking crowd funding.