Via add new school crossing patrol in Kimberley

Last updated 05 Jul, 2018

Pupils at a primary school in Kimberley are enjoying a safer journey to school following the introduction of a new School Crossing Patrol.

Commonly known as "lollipop" people, school crossing patrols help children and adults to cross the road safely on their way to and from school.

There are over 140 patrol sites in Nottinghamshire and are primarily provided for children aged 5 to 11.

Starting last week, Via East Midlands in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council began a new School Crossing Patrol service on Maws Lane, Kimberley, serving Hollywell Primary School.

The introduction of the crossing comes after a review of the road safety measures at the site following feedback from parents, local residents and councillors.

The patrol will be operational daily with hundreds of crossings expected to take place each week.

Road Safety continues to be a high priority for us, particularly around schools across the county where our young people can be vulnerable.

Other recently introduced measures include a second CCTV road safety car to tackle dangerous and inconsiderate parking outside schools in the county, along with a regular county-wide road safety education programme in schools.

Councillor John Cottee, Committee Chair for Communities and Place, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "Road safety around schools is a high priority for this administration and we are doing a lot of work in this area. We are very pleased that a new school crossing patrol has been introduced to benefit everyone connected with Hollywell Primary School."

School Head Denise Pilkington said: "We are delighted with our new School Crossing Patrol and would like to thank all the parents, local residents and councillors who have contributed their efforts to put this in place."

This new scheme comes as Nottinghamshire County Council make an additional £20m funding in roads across the county.

The additional investment is targeted mainly at residential areas with schemes to improve road surfaces and introduce new safety features where they are required; such as pedestrian crossings and interactive speed signs on routes used every day by people to get to and from home.

Work will also be carried out to reduce traffic congestion and provide economic benefits which, in turn, increases the money available to reinvest in public services.

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