A new zebra crossing is set to be put in place near to a school in a residential area of Leicester, to help improve safety for pupils and local residents.
Work is due to begin on the scheme at Maidstone Road to install the new crossing on the route which is used by parents and pupils at neighbouring Moat Community College. At the same time some improvement work on drains and gullies will be done.
The work will be split into two phases. The first, during the half term holidays from February 18 to 26, will include installing new pipework and gullies on Maidstone Road. It will mean temporary closures to the road and the footpath outside the college.
Vehicles will follow a clearly signposted diversion via Sparkenhow Street, St Peters Road, Melbourne Road and Berners Street while the work is taking place.
The second phase of work will take place over the Easter holidays, from April 1 to 16, and will see the new zebra crossing put in place. Again, it will involve a temporary road closure and the same diversion route as before.
Letters have been sent to nearby residents detailing the scheme and arrangements for vehicle access.
In total the work will cost around £55,000,and forms part of the city council’s annual Local Environmental Works programme aimed at improving safety and addressing local neighbourhood traffic and parking issues.
Brian Killeen, principal at Moat Community College, said: “We are very pleased that a zebra crossing is to be installed outside Moat Community College.
“It will ensure that our students can safely cross what is a very busy road. We would like to thank our partners at the local authority for their work and support in making this improvement to our local environment.”
The plans have been put in place following a public consultation carried out by Leicester City Council.
“This is part of an ongoing programme of work in neighbourhoods across the city, where residents and ward councillors have raised concerns, input ideas or highlighted possible ideas for improvement,” said Cllr Adam Clarke, Deputy City Mayor.
“By working with local communities in this way, we are able to invest in schemes that make a real difference to the daily lives of residents.”