A NEW lollipop man or woman will be recruited to help children and families safely cross the road in Tow Law.

Durham County Councillor Richard Manchester secured a crossing patrol on Castle Bank last year.

However, residents were concerned that there was not one working on Bridge Street/A68 and Wolsingham Road– a route many parents walk to Tow Law Millennium Primary School.

Cllr Manchester said drivers on the A68, which makes a sharp right turn, rarely indicate when joining Wolsingham Road which appears to carry straight on but is actually a separate turn off from the A68. He said it can be difficult to cross the road, despite it having an island on which the town war memorial stands. The concerns were echoed by parents who completed questionnaires and town councillors, who backed the proposal to have a second crossing patrol for the town.

Tow Law Town Council will fund the post, which is hoped will start for the new school year in September.

Cllr Manchester said: “The A68 is getting busier everyday, its a very difficult junction to cross, parents have been crying out for a long time for it. It will make life a lot easier and safer.”

Angela Redmond, acting road safety manager at the county council, said: “We are working with the town council and will soon be welcoming applications for this position.”