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Swansea School backs Sketty Safe Routes scheme

A Swansea school has welcomed the introduction of a road safety scheme in the city which aims to keep schoolchildren safe on their walk to and from school.

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Swansea Council is in the process of implementing a Safe Routes in Communities scheme in Sketty which includes the introduction of lower 20mph speed limits in a number of streets in the community.

More than £300,000 is being invested in the scheme after the Council successfully bid for the funding from the Welsh Government Local Transport Grant fund.

The Safe Routes scheme will also include the installation of London-style pedestrian countdown crossings which provide pedestrians with a time limit when they use the crossing. The innovative new crossings will be at Sketty Cross and De La Beche Road and help in reassuring pedestrians how long they have to cross the road.

The improvements benefit schoolchildren attending Parkland Primary School, Olchfa and Bishop Gore Comprehensive.

Ryan Davies, Headteacher of Bishop Gore School has welcomed the road safety measures. He said: "The school is extremely grateful for the significant investment to help improve road safety.  

"The location of the school means that, at peak times of the day, a high volume of traffic passes through the area which, added to the pupils entering and leaving the school makes it quite difficult for them to do so safely.  

"The introduction of two controlled crossings will mean that pupils can enter and leave the site in a safer way.

The addition of more 20mph speed limits also means that around three quarters of schools across the city now benefit from lower 20mph speed limits. 

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Environment & Transportation, said: "These road safety measures are vital to ensure communities are a safe environment for children and older people that may be crossing the road.

"The Sketty scheme was developed following discussions with local community groups and schools to find out what was important to them.

"The improvements will also create a safer driving environment for motorists and means everyone using our roads, whether its motorists or pedestrians, can feel safer."

Traffic signals will also replace an existing mini roundabout at the junction of Gower Road/De-La-Beche Road to improve safety for motorists and help ease congestion on main routes.

Traffic Calming measures, including raised speed cushions, will also be installed at Sketty Park Drive, New Mill Road and Aneurin Way. They will assist in encouraging motorists to lower their speeds.

The total cost of the scheme for Sketty is £346,000 and brings the level of investment to more than £1.5 million for similar schemes in Townhill, Penlan and Morriston in recent years. Sketty councillors have also contributed towards the latest road safety measures using their environmental improvements grant.  

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