In 2006, a road safety scheme will start on Barnsley and Orphanage Roads.
The scheme is going to narrow the carriageway along the section of road where the pelican crossing currently is – next to the school. This is to reduce the bottleneck of children who are waiting to cross and allow other pavement users to pass more freely. The pavement is to be extended at the bus stop on the corners of Barnsley and Orphanage Roads. The pavement will be built in front of the wall – this will allow two buses to stop safely.
As part of Firshill School’s travel plan, sections of Orphanage Road are to be double-yellow lined to enforce the no parking and no stopping zones outside the school gates. The school is promoting the ‘Walking Bus’ and ‘Park and Stride’ schemes.
“Too many parents are driving to school as a matter of convenience as opposed to necessity,” a concerned parent said, “The double-yellow lines and a £60 parking fine will hopefully make people think a little more about whether they need to drive.”
SCC Transport & Highways said that the work is to be scheduled to start early January 2006 and be finished by March 2006. The work will be carried out seven days a week, but not during morning and evening rush-hour.
If you’re interested in getting involved with Firshill School Travel Plan please contact Dina Martin on 242 0109. The schemes are being funded by New Deal and SCC Better Buses. For information about the work, contact Highways on 273 4567.
by Gaby Spinks