WORRIED parents are calling for a lollipop lady to be reinstated outside a Queen's Park school.
A school crossing patrol used to operate outside St Luke's CofE Primary School, at the busy junction of Fernhead Road and Kilburn Lane.
Parents were dismayed when the former lollipop lady, who left the post about six months ago, was not replaced.
They launched a petition, which was presented to Westminster Council last week, calling for someone to help their children cross the road in the mornings and afternoons.
Jean Ross-Timmes, the mother of a year five pupil at the school, collected about 90 signatures on the petition with her friend Kathy Olive.
Ms Ross-Timmes said: "Cars drive ridiculously fast along the road. There's a speed monitor and we've seen speeds recorded of up to 46 miles per hour.
"There are lots of children who need to cross the road to get to school, and they need some help.
"When the former lollipop lady went, we were left with nothing."
She added: "We definitely need something here, whether it's another lollipop lady or perhaps even a zebra crossing."
Ian Burke, stepfather of St Luke's pupil Indiana, 10, said: "A lollipop lady is definitely needed here.
"It would make the road a lot safer because the cars come quite fast and there are lots of children around here."
A Westminster Council spokeswoman said: "We have recruited a new patrol person for the crossing who has had to go through the relevant CRB checks and training, and we hope to see them working shortly."
A second petition, with about 200 signatures, was handed to Westminster Council, calling for a pedestrian crossing in Dart Street, Queen's Park.
Cllr Paul Dimoldenberg, leader of the Labour group, said a child had recently been involved in an accident with a vehicle in the road, near the junction with Dowland Street.
He added: "Along Dart Street there is a change in levels, with cars coming down at a steep incline.
"They tend to pick up speed and travel fast along Dart Street, but at the bottom of the hill it becomes level again.
"What residents want is some sort of traffic calming measure, ideally a pedestrian crossing, to stop cars from picking up speed."
Martin Low, Westminster Council's commissioner of transportation, said: "We take concerns from the local community very seriously, and will of course look at the relevant accident data and at any proposals to ensure this road is made as safe as possible.
"Where speed is an issue we will be looking to work closely with the police to tackle irresponsible driving.
"However, we no longer install speed humps, as these increase the time it takes for the emergency services to reach incidents where seconds save lives, and are a particular problem for ambulances when transporting patients with spinal injuries."