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Slow down: Eastern Creek Public School captains Jaimelen Camacho and Raizza Miclat urge their peers to be careful along busy Rooty Hill Road South. The school is near the Great Western Highway intersection. Picture: Geoff Jones

Slow down: Eastern Creek Public School captains Jaimelen Camacho and Raizza Miclat urge their peers to be careful along busy Rooty Hill Road South. The school is near the Great Western Highway intersection. Picture: Geoff Jones

IT'S PURELY good fortune a child hasn't been hurt or killed going to or from school near one of Eastern Creek's busiest intersections.

It's a record Eastern Creek Public School principal Wes Chia wants to keep intact.

He called on pupils and parents to take care and to keep a watchful eye on the busy traffic along Rooty Hill Road South.

The warning comes after repeated calls from parents to Blacktown Council and the state government to improve safety at the accident and speeding hotspot.

Children dodge four lanes of traffic to catch buses, says nearby resident Keith Darley, who has seen accidents and near misses along Rooty Hill Road South.

"It's recipe for disaster," he said.

"There are cops in the corner of Cable Place every morning, so they're aware of the problem.

"It's only going to get worse as new estates such as Bunya get developed."

Mr Chia hasn't been approached by Mr Darley or other parents but understands their concerns.

"The traffic is getting busier," he said.

"We are always telling the kids to be careful on the road. Flashing lights have made a difference, as they slow motorists down."

Mr Chia urged parents to use the reserve car park behind the school in Cawarra Street and to keep a close grip on small children in particular.

"There is room for around 100 cars and it is something we're lucky to have," he said.

Mr Chia was open to Mr Darley's suggestion of traffic lights at the corner of Rooty Hill Road South and Cable Place.

A motion by Labor councillors to make representations to the road and education ministers and local bus companies was approved at last week's council meeting.

"Residents phone me every time there's an accident there," Cr Stephen Bali said.

"There's been three or four accidents in recent weeks. It's pure luck and good fortune a child hasn't been killed. We need to sit down with the local community and have a dialogue."

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