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New safety zone for Berkhampstead School


Berkhampstead School, together with Gloucestershire County Council, pledge to keep children safe by creating a brand new safety zone.

Local county councillor Colin Hay is supporting local school, Berkhampstead, by investing highways local funding into its school safety zone. The new zone will make safety improvements that discourage dangerous driving outside the school and on Pittville Circus Road.

The safety improvements will see new signage, road markings, widening of pedestrian footways and a new road hump at the existing crossing point.

School safety zone signs with flashing wig-wag lights will also be installed including an advisory 20mph speed limit during school drop off and pickup times, making it safer for children to make their way to and from the school.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, said: “It’s great to see local councillors using the highways local funding for important improvements in their areas. This new safety zone will give parents and children more confidence to come and go from school safely.”

The works will be carried out over two weeks. Pittville Circus Road will be closed from 8.00am - 4.00pm for one week beginning 23rd October. A diversion will be in place via Hewlett Road and All Saints Road. Work will continue under temporary traffic signals beginning 30th October to 10th November between 9.00am and 3.00pm. All works will be carried out during off peak times to keep disruption to a minimum.

Berkhampstead School, and a local developer have made significant contributions to the scheme. Cllr Colin Hay, county councillor for All Saints and Oakley, has allocated £5,000 of funding from highways local money.

Cllr Hay, said: “I chose to contribute to this scheme because the school and parents have identified concerning vehicle speeds around the school.

“My hope is that these improvements will make local residents and drivers more safety aware.”

Richard Cross, head teacher at Berkhampstead School, said: “We’re delighted that the safety zone has been approved at our school. Our children’s safety is paramount - and so is the safety of the local residents - and we hope to see it making a significant difference, especially if traffic speed can be reduced when children are coming to and from school.”


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