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New ideas needed on how to improve Longlevens road safety

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

traffic control:  Scott Reid and Amy Smith with   Kim Clarke.

traffic control: Scott Reid and Amy Smith with Kim Clarke.

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DRIVERS in Longlevens must look out for new restrictions being brought into force over the next two months as part of road safety improvements around schools.

Double yellow lines and a passing place will be introduced to Paygrove Lane, near Longlevens Infants School to help ease congestion at peak times.

Residents have voiced concerns that some motorists have been illegally parking and blocking driveways as they drop off and collect children from schools in the area.

With The Milestone School and Longlevens Junior School in close proximity to each other, Longford Lane and Church Lane get extra busy at peak times.

Longlevens Junior School head teacher Dave Smith said the steps will make it a safer journey into school for pupils.

"We are looking forward to welcoming the traffic calming initiative that is being put in place around the area," he said.

"It is the safety of our pupils as they travel to and from school that is of paramount importance to us."

It is hoped the restrictions will stop drivers from parking up and blocking the view of motorists exiting Brionne Way junction, a route popular with drivers trying to access the Innsworth industrial estate.

Further spending on road improvements in Longlevens and other areas is being made available by the county council. Councillors are appealing for ideas on how the £10,000 grants can be spent on other traffic schemes.

City council leader Paul James, who lives in Longlevens, says time is running out to come up with ideas on how to spend the extra cash.

"A decision will have to be made by the end of November," he said.

"There has already been consultation with the community, but more ideas are welcomed."

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