West Berkshire Council has worked in partnership with John Rankin Schools in Newbury to deliver two new zebra crossings.
When the schools found themselves without a crossing patroller, the council’s Traffic Management Team looked at options for delivering an alternative that would retain a high level of safety, not only for children and parents when crossing the road, but for all road users at all times.
The school is made up of two adjacent sites, one for the Junior School and one for the Infant and Nursery School. Therefore, the most effective solution was to install two zebra crossings on Valley Road close to both sites. The improvements include tactile paving, new zebra crossing beacons with road markings and high friction surfacing on the approaches to the crossing points.
Existing school flashing signs are also in operation during core times to emphasise the presence of school children.
Work started in August and was ready for the start of the autumn term.
Jeanette Clifford, West Berkshire’s Executive Member for Highways and Transport said: “We are delighted to have delivered the crossings in time for the new term. Safety is paramount and we are very pleased that the scheme provides safe crossing options for all road users in and out of school hours.”
Felix Rayner, Executive Head at John Rankin Junior Schools said: “We’re delighted with the new crossings. With two school sites, there are a lot of children needing to get to school safely. The council gave a lot of consideration before coming up with a scheme that works well for both schools and for all residents.”