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Road safety measures to be implemented outside school

Published: Thursday, 26th October 2023

New road safety measures are set to be installed following the tragic fatality of a young child outside a school.

 

New road safety measures are set to be installed following the tragic fatality of a young child outside a school.

In 2022 a child was sadly hit by a car outside Newstead Primary School in Blurton.

Currently Waterside Drive where Newstead Primary School is located has traffic calming measures with a series of speed cushions and a raised platform at the junction of Waterside Drive and Wimbourne Avenue. However, the stretch of road has unrestricted parking which is impeding visibility for both pedestrians and other road users.

From Monday 30 October 2023 works will start to implement new road safety measures, which will take approximately one week to complete.The works will take place between 08:00 and 16:00.

Following an informal consultation between elected ward members, the new layout will include additional waiting restrictions extending the existing zig-zag restrictions, and promoting double yellow lines outside of the school. The two sets of speed cushions in the vicinity of the school will also be extended to be tapered edge flat top speed humps.

Councillor Amjid Wazir, cabinet member for civic pride, environment, and enforcement, said: “We continue to extend our full sympathy to the loved ones of the child involved in this fatality. All ward councillors agreed with the proposed changes, and rightly so.

“All motorists have a duty of care to follow the speed limits and drive with due care and caution. Carrying out the work in half-term means we are minimising disruption in the busier periods and we thank the local residents for their patience during this time.

“The new measures are being implemented to ensure an incident of this scale doesn’t happen again.”