£500k committed to improve highways safety around Suffolk schools

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A £500k cash boost, has been announced to refresh road markings and tackle broken or dirty signs around schools in Suffolk.

The extra funding has been focused on improving the safety of pupils and parents travelling to and from school, refreshing lines and cleaning and repairing signs in and around school zones.

Councillor Andrew Reid, cabinet member with responsibility for highways, made the announcement during his speech at February’s full council meeting, and expressed the importance of using this money to provide long-lasting benefit to Suffolk’s residents and ensure children continued getting to school safely.

The funding is allocated for use within the 2020/21 financial year and looks set to benefit areas around many Suffolk schools, complementing the road marking renewal programme, which is taking place as part of the move of civil parking powers.

Councillor Andrew Reid, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Rural Affairs, said:

“This additional funding into highways is very welcome and I am excited to see this money being used to help us target areas that we get a lot of feedback on from local parish and town councils – faded road markings and dirty or broken signs.

“The extra money may be augmented by councillor highway budgets and our recently launched community self-help scheme, which aim to deliver low-level maintenance and improvement works that local residents want.

“We look forward to further engaging with county councillors, town and parish councils about what works will be carried out and where, and will update Suffolk’s residents on progress over the coming months.”

Suffolk Highways officers are developing a plan of how these extra works will be identified and delivered. Further information will be announced in due course.