School road safety in gear

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A £1.4 MILLION package of road changes to improve safety for students walking and cycling to and from the new Forge Valley Secondary School is due to be confirmed today (Thursday).

Pedestrian crossings, parking restrictions and road humps are being lined up in parts of Malin Bridge, Stannington, Walkley and Wisewood in response to an expected increase in traffic when the school, a merger of Myers Grove and Wisewood Secondaries, opens in September.

Councillors are expected to give the final go-ahead after public consultation indicated widespread support.

One scheme being dropped is for new crossings and waiting restrictions at the junction of Bole Hill Road, Heavygate Avenue and Walkley Lane after opposition from Walkley Forum.

It is also being recommended that a decision on proposed waiting restrictions on Stannington Road between Wood Lane and Malin Bridge is shelved until after a traffic count is held next March, once the school has been open for six months.

In general, though, the package is set to be implemented. On the one-way system at Malin Bridge, widespread parking restrictions are being introduced, although new parking bays are being created in front of the shopping parade.

The project includes footpath widening around the junctions with Loxley Road, Stannington Road, Rivelin Valley Road and Watersmeet Road. Road humps and a 20 mph limits is planned on Harrison Road.