RESIDENTS are campaigning for traffic calming measures on a road where a four-year-old boy was killed.

Jordan Hynes died under the wheels of a bus after he was hit by a car as he tried to cross Wigan Road near his home in Leigh on Saturday afternoon.

Now, residents have started a petition to get Wigan Council to bring in stricter traffic calming measures including a pelican crossing.

Two of the campaigners, Kathleen Allred and her husband Craig, are concerned for the safety of their daughter, Stephanie, aged seven.

"When you have got a young child, it's a constant worry. I want to protect her because she's at that age where she wants to go to the shop on her own," said Mrs Allred.

"This estate is full of young kids and something desperately needs to be done about it."

So far the petition has had the backing of 14 of Mrs Allred's neighbours and she says more people are signing all the time.

David Blair, aged 62, a former member of the Wigan Road Tenants' and Residents' Association, drew up the petition.

He said: "Conditions are treacherous on this road, but when I was on the residents' association a councillor told us that there had to be so many fatalities before they would do anything about it.

"To me, that's an absolutely ridiculous statement to come out with. I think they are just penny-pinching."

Mr Blair, who has two young grandchildren, said traffic calming needed to be introduced.

Jordan, aged four, was hit by a car and catapulted into the path of a bus as he was crossing Wigan Road at 3.50pm.

Residents believe a pelican crossing should replace a zebra crossing on that stretch of road.

A spokesman for Wigan Council said: "This is an awful thing to have happened and our deepest sympathy goes to the little boy's family.

"Whenever a serious accident happens on our roads, the council always investigates to see if there is anything that can be done to prevent something similar in the future. We'll certainly be doing so here.

"We can understand the call for traffic calming, although there are national restrictions on what can be done on A roads. We need to understand what exactly happened before we can take any further action."

People wanting to sign the petition can do so at the Wigan Road service station, opposite the M and J Galvin mini market.

A 57-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following the collision.

She has been bailed until April 23.

The Road Policing Unit in Leigh is appealing for witnesses to call them on 0161 856 7201.