New road crossings for Alnwick
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Work will start next week on improvements for pedestrians on South Road in Alnwick.
A zebra crossing is to be provided outside St Paul's Primary School, near the Oaks roundabout, and a light controlled crossing is being installed just south of the entrance to Royal Oak Gardens.
County Councillor Gordon Castle said: "These crossing points are just what is needed in locations where I, other councillors, and members of the public have been seeking them.
“Pedestrians need safe crossing places in key locations like these, which are also part of the safer walking and cycling routes to school that a town council led Transport Working Group for Alnwick, involving several town organisations, has been heavily involved in.”
County Councillor Heather Cairns added: "The new crossings will improve road safety for children walking to school, which is especially important since the opening of the new high school in Alnwick last September.
“Any measures that encourage children to walk or cycle to school are to be welcomed not only for the health benefits that can be gained but also to help reduce congestion and pollution on our roads."
Councillor Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council added: “These types of scheme demonstrate the county council's commitment to road safety, and particularly on roads around schools.
“Through the council’s local transport plan programme we are also reducing speed limits on roads near to all schools in the county to 20 mph and this is proposed for Alnwick schools later this year.”
Work will start on the zebra crossing on 20 March 2017. Disruption to traffic will be minimised with working hours being kept to between 9.30am and 3pm to avoid peak times. Traffic movements will be managed through sets of traffic lights at each junction.