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Bid to improve the safety of schoolchildren

Thursday, 16th August 2001.

THE safety of pupils going to school in Haverhill has come under the scrutiny of two of the town's governing councils.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council have come up with a number of proposals to reduce the risks for children after reviewing the situation.

A spokesman for St Edmundsbury, said: "Over a period of some months the borough and county councils have been working on a Safety to School initiative relating to the schools on School Lane, off Burton Road.

"Although the issues affect all three schools most of the work has been with Burton End Primary School.

"The main concerns centre around the number of vehicles attempting to enter School Lane at the beginning and end of the school day.

He said this caused congestion and affected the safety of all road users in the area.

"A number of proposals have been put forward and these are being assessed for implementation.

"The aims are to manage the traffic more effectively and improve pedestrian and cycle access to schools," he added.

"The proposals inclue provision of pedestrian crossings in School Lane, a cycle path to Chimswell, a footway alongside the parking area, at the north end of the lane and resurfacing of the car park and formalising the layout."

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