£23,000 safety project to get more children walking to school in Hartlepool


SEVEN school crossing patrol sites across Hartlepool are set to be made safer with a scheme of works costing around £23,000.

New bollards, railings and dropped kerbs are due to be installed to improve road safety and encourage more parents and students to walk to school instead of using the car.

Improvement works at seven sites used by various town schools have been identified by Hartlepool Borough Council as part of its Safer Routes to School schemes.

A report by Alastair Smith, the council’s assistant director of regeneration, stated: “As part of the management of this service annual risk assessments of School Crossing Patrol sites and supervision of staff are undertaken.

“From these a range of safety schemes at SCP sites have been identified, which if implemented, would enhance safety and help provide further encouragement for walking to school.”

The council is proposing to install four bollards on Grange Road after worries from parents and crossing patroller about vehicles going over the pavement to get around cars waiting to turn into Linden Grove.

In Brougham Terrace there are plans to reduce the width of the school crossing area by bringing in bollards to close the gap between a guard rail and the crossing patroller.

Dropped kerbs are proposed at the junction of Masefield Road and Kipling Road, near Rift House Primary School, at Stockton Road’s junction with Loyalty Road for St Aidan’s Primary School, and the junctions of Winterbottom Avenue and Bruce Crescent and King Oswy Drive outside St John Vianney RC Primary School.

The council says it will make crossing easier for parents with pushchairs, the elderly and disabled people.

The total cost of the works is £23,455. More than half the budget – £12,500 – is set to restrict crossing around High Tunstall College of Science in Elwick Road.

It is proposed to install an additional guard rail to the north of the school gate for a distance of 43 metres to prevent pupils crossing over Elwick Road.

There are 35 school crossing patrol sites across Hartlepool which are used by 13,000 pupils every day.

The safety works will go to the council’s Neighbourhood Services committee for approval on Tuesday.