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Weymouth school children cross busy road safely with new footpath
(L-R) Jon Dixon from Sustrans, Conifers teacher Jane Forty, Kerrie Hudson from Aster Property, senior road safety officer Rob Camp, Caroline Siddons from the school crossing patrol and students
SCHOOL children in Weymouth can now cross a busy road safely thanks to a new footpath.
The pathway, built by Dorset County Council, links the Cobham estate with the school crossing patrol at a safe point in front of Conifers Primary school.
Radipole Lane is a busy part of Weymouth’s road network and as a result the crossing point has been added near the school.
Hilary Cox, Dorset County Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “This footpath will encourage families to use the crossing point opposite the school.
“By working in partnership we have provided a simple and sensible solution.”
The footpath was made possible by an agreement with property management company Aster Property, part of leading housing and care and support specialist Aster Group, which owns part of the strip of land where the footpath has been located.
Mike McCarthy, Aster Property operations director, said: “When Dorset County Council approached us to see if we’d be willing to donate a piece of our land to create the new footpath, we were only too pleased to help.
“Radipole Lane can get extremely busy at peak times, so it’s essential that pupils, their families and staff can access Conifers Primary School safely.
“We’re delighted the path is already having a positive effect on journeys to and from the school.”
The new path cost £17,000 and has been partly funded from Dorset County Council's Local Transport Plan fund.
Jonathan Dixon, officer for the ‘Bike It’ initiative for Sustrans, said: "The Sustrans Bike It project started at Conifers Primary School in September 2012 following great results in other Weymouth Schools.
“By working closely with the school staff, pupils and parents we have helped to start a number of cycle and scooter focused events which have shown that children can easily get to school under their own steam.
“Puncture repair sessions and Bikeability cycle training have given people the skills they need to do so.
It's fantastic to see the footpaths and cycle paths improving in the local area, and we have been able to promote their use to show that there are lots of safe routes to school as well."
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