Range of safety measures outside county school

Introduction of crossing patrol positively received

School Keep Clear signage on road outside school

The county council is to introduce a range of additional measures to allay safety fears outside a Leicestershire school.

The initiatives at St Peter’s Catholic Primary School in Hinckley include:

  • Providing additional ‘School Keep Clear’ markings outside the school, which are enforceable 8am-4pm by camera enforcement vehicles;
  • Moving on-street parking bays to nearby Castle Street to reduce traffic outside the school at drop-off and pick-up times;
  • Re-instating advisory 20mph speed limit signs.

 

 

A report being discussed by highways and transport scrutiny members next week outlines how these initiatives will complement the array of existing measures already in place outside the school in London Road.

These include vehicle-activated signs - with both school warning and speed limit messages – and the recent recruitment of a school crossing patrol person, which has already prompted a positive reaction.

Having a school crossing patrol person in place, says the report, is the most appropriate measure for people crossing at the location during school times.

Outside of these times, it adds, the demand is low and, therefore, doesn’t support the introduction of a formal pedestrian crossing.

 

Being escorted across the road by a school crossing patrol person really helps support safety outside a school.  Hopefully, it will also encourage more parents to walk to school with their child and, in doing so, gain the health benefits.

We’re building in that extra protection by improving the general road layout around the school. We’re also going to look again at talking to the school about all aspects of road safety which should help alleviate many parents’ concerns

 

The report will be discussed by the council’s highways and transport scrutiny committee on Thursday, September 7 at 2pm. It can be viewed at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/webcast

 

 

 

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