School safety schemes get underway this summer
More road safety schemes are being installed to improve safety around schools in Telford and Wrekin this summer.
The schemes, which are funded through Telford & Wrekin Council’s Pride in Our Community programme, are in response to issues raised by schools to address concerns around traffic speeds, pedestrian safety and inappropriate parking.
The first scheme is being done this week outside Lawley Primary School and will see the installation of a new controlled Zebra crossing.
Although the traffic calming measures will vary from school to school, they will include new and freshened up road lining, speed signing and flashing lights designed to warn motorists that they are entering a school zone.
Schemes around Newdale Primary School, St Luke’s Primary School, Aqueduct Primary School, Telford Priory School, Wrockwardine Wood C of E Junior School and Wombridge Primary School are among the ones being completed during August and September. Another 25 schemes will then be delivered by the end of March 2020.
Councillor Richard Overton, Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for neighbourhood services, said: “Our road safety and highways officers work closely with schools and local councils to understand the issues around each school to determine what may help to improve safety and offer general advice.
“We will also soon be taking over new parking enforcement powers from the police which will help us to target problem parking around schools more effectively.”
Balfour Beatty, the council’s highways contractor, will be working on the school safety schemes as well as other Pride in Our Community improvements being delivered in 2019/20. More information here.