A nine-week programme to create a dual foot and cycle path at a city school has begun.
The works will see the footway widened along Manor Road, Fenton from the junction of Victoria Road to St Peter’s Academy. The widened route will become a shared foot and cycle path. A further 320-metre footpath will be created set back into the grassed embankment, from Victoria Road to the school gates.
While the works take place, road access will be restricted on weekdays so that vehicles can turn into Manor Road from Victoria Road, but they cannot exit back out onto Victoria Road. Instead vehicles can use the City Road junction, which will operate as usual. This restriction will be in place 8am Mondays – 5pm Fridays until the work is completed. At weekends, motorists can both enter and exit the site via Victoria Road.
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “This is a scheme which will really improve the journey that pupils take. The academy had asked us to look at the route and we have worked closely with them in drawing up the plans.
“The academy has around 1,200 pupils and we want to improve opportunities to travel to school in a sustainable way. We know that many students live less than two miles away from the building and we also know that many parents give their children a lift in the morning.
“The routes that we are creating will improve accessibility to the school, to encourage students to walk and cycle in.”
The work will also impact on visitors who drive to Fenton Manor Sports Complex, which is on the same site. All motorists are asked for their patience while the improvements take place.
Towards the end of the programme, a new refuge island will be created in Victoria Road to further improve road safety for students walking and cycling to the academy. All works are expected to be completed by the end of April.
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