ROAD safety outside a £2m primary school in Darlington is to be improved after a worried grandparent complained to The Northern Echo.

John Robdrup, 68, claimed that children's lives were being put at risk because of the volume of cars parking outside Firthmoor Primary School.

He called for road markings outside the school gates and now Darlington Borough Council has agreed to the idea.

A council spokeswoman said yesterday: "Our highways team went over there yesterday.

"They have had a look at the area and they are going to arrange to have white line markings put outside the entrance to the school."

The lines should deter drivers from parking outside the school on Highmoor Road, giving youngsters a clear view of the traffic.

A gap in the railings which children can cut through will also be closed off.

"I'm highly delighted," said Mr Robdrup, whose five-year-old grandson Reece attends the school.

"It's very good news and will be much safer for the kids."