Thousands used for safer school routes

PUBLISHED: 11:06 20 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

ROUTES to schools in North Somerset will be made safer thanks to thousands of pounds from a transport charity.

ROUTES to schools in North Somerset will be made safer thanks to thousands of pounds from a transport charity.

Sustrans, which promotes sustainable transport, has given North Somerset Council the money to install a crossing near a Clevedon primary school and improve a path through Flax Bourton.

As part of the unitary authority's Safer Routes to School initiative, a toucan crossing will be installed in Tickenham Road, Clevedon, near to the junction with All Saints Lane.

The crossing, which allows cyclists and pedestrians to cross at the same time, will replace the existing traffic island where the road is difficult to cross due to heavy traffic heading towards the M5.

The crossing, which will be paid for with £40,000 from the council's Local Transport Plan and £40,000 from Sustrans, is near to All Saints' Primary School and the route taken by pupils of Clevedon School.

Sustrans money will also be used to part-fund a £100,000 project to put down a new tarmac surface on more than two miles of the Flax Bourton Greenway between Backwell Down and Farleigh Green.

It is hoped the new surface will make the greenway more attractive to a wide range of cyclists.

The greenway was built by Sustrans volunteers in 2007 and has since become a popular commuting route between Nailsea and Bristol.

It is well-used by school children, walkers and leisure cyclists.

As well as improving accessibility, the new surface to replace the current stone dust surface will help reduce maintenance costs.

North Somerset Council's executive member for highways councillor Elfan Ap Rees said: "We recognise the importance of these safe routes to school as they encourage independent walking and cycling to school.

"They also help to reduce local congestion that goes with the school run as well as improving safety around our schools.

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