Labour Councillor Tony Downing has welcomed the new proposals for a pedestrian crossing and extra safety measures on Station Road, Halfway, near Halfway Nursery and Infants School.
The changes to the initial designs follows public consultation from Cllr Downing and Local MP Clive Betts. As part of this parents at Halfway Nursey and Infants School were spoken to, and a new plan has been drawn-up to better reflect the wishes of the local community.
The scheme now will include a push button signal controlled pedestrian crossing, and a new 20 mph speed zone, during school opening times. This will help to reinforce safe driver behaviour along Station Road during school arrival and departure times.
The new plans will now be put directly by Sheffield City Council to local residents on the street and the surrounding area to ensure they are happy with the plans, after which work will start.
Labour Councillor Tony Downing, Lord Mayor of Sheffield and Ward Member for Mosborough, said:
“I know that this is an issue that local residents, parents and school staff care deeply about so I’m pleased that we are moving forward with this scheme. These measures will improve the safety of people out walking and cycling, as well as children getting to and from school. I am looking forward to discussing the plans further with businesses and residents in the area so that we can get the scheme in place as soon as possible.”
Labour Councillor Julie Grocutt, Cabinet Member for Transport and Development at Sheffield City Council, said:
“We’ve listened to the local community and have agreed that further action is needed to protect pedestrians using this busy road. After exploring the different options available, we have decided to propose a pedestrian crossing on Station Road with a part time 20mph zone to operate at the Halfway Infants and Junior School’s arrival and departure times.
“Due to sustained government cuts over the last decade the council isn’t able to make as many safety interventions as previously, but Labour has prioritised this work in Halfway and we hope works will be completed soon.
“We know that this is a key route for many people travelling through the area, so we’d like to gather as much feedback on this as possible. Please get in touch and share your views.”