Success following £500k boost for highways improvements near schools


Locations around schools across Suffolk have benefitted from new road markings and signs, following £500,000 Highways Investment Fund (HIF) cash boost.

The extra funding, which was announced by Councillor Andrew Reid, cabinet member with responsibility for highways during his speech at February 2020’s full council meeting has been focussed 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.

Following inspection of the condition of road lining and signs in the vicinity of every school in Suffolk, 146 locations were identified as requiring new signs to replace those that were damaged or missing. Additionally, 218 areas with faded road markings are receiving a refresh.

Sign cleaning and light vegetation works have also been carried out where it was required.

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

“I am delighted with the progress that’s been made to date to refresh and renew signs and lines around our schools in Suffolk, as well as carrying out low-level maintenance and improvement works such as vegetation clearance.

“As county councillors, we receive a lot of feedback from local parish and town councils related to faded road markings and dirty or broken signs – so the cash boost in this regard has been very welcome.

“To ensure we use every last penny of the funding, we are looking to spend the remaining budget on cycle lane road markings outside of, and on routes to local schools. Those areas that are in need of attention are currently being identified and a programme of work to address these is being developed."

As of March 2021, almost all sign-related works have been completed. Road markings are being refreshed continuously and it is hoped that the project will be finished in its entirety by the end of April 2021.