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Source: City of Coventry

Published Thursday, 26 September 2019

Pupils from West Coventry Academy are set to benefit from newly installed road safety measures on Tile Hill Lane. The work follows concerns from the School and residents about the lack of a safe crossing facility on the road.

Pictured: Councillor Patricia Hetherton and Councillor Lynnette Kelly with staff and pupils from West Coventry Academy

The measures, which were completed in August, were designed after close collaborations between the Councillors, pupils and the Councils highway team.

Installed as part of the works, was a central pedestrian refuge which will provide a safe waiting area when traffic is high, thereby allowing pedestrians to cross in a two-step manoeuvre.

Along with this central pedestrian refuge, the carriageway has also been widened. These measures will help to improve driver behaviour and reduce traffic speeds, particularly at peak traffic times

In addition to these measures, the bus stop opposite the school gates has been moved west, towards Station Avenue. This is in response to concerns about students walking between the two bus stops and the dangers associated with this during levels of high traffic.

Cllr Patricia Hetherton, Cabinet Member for City Services, said: “Ensuring our roads are safe, particularly outside our schools, remains a top priority for us.

“The new layout of Tile Hill Lane means the road is safer for students to cross, particularly during the opening and closing times of the school.

“Our Highways team listened closely to the concerns of the pupils and they were a delight to work with.”

These works follow a petition by academy pupils calling for greater road safety measures. The petition was heard at full council in 2017.

Cllr Lynnette Kelly, who supported the petition, said: “I’m very pleased to see these new measures be installed. The lack of safe crossing has been an issue for a while and I’m glad that the Council has responded to their concerns.”

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