Stevenage school’s road safety petition gets council backing

A crash that occurred near The Thomas Alleyne Academy last September

A crash that occurred near The Thomas Alleyne Academy last September - Credit: Archant

A school’s road safety campaign has taken a step in the right direction after councillors said two of the three conditions proposed could be met, while the third remains a possibility.

The Thomas Alleyne Academy in Stevenage launched a petition in October last year calling for a raised kerb and pedestrian barriers to be installed, improved road markings to be put in place, and a 20mph speed limit outside the school in High Street and James Way.

After backing from Stevenage Old Town businesses and councillors from the surrounding area, the school presented the petition, which attracted 790 signatures, to the Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) highways and waste panel on Tuesday.

During the meeting county councillors on the panel backed plans to raise the kerb and install new pedestrian barriers, as well as paint new road markings, as part of a wider growth and transport plan for the town.

They say reducing the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph will be more difficult to deliver, however, new county-wide speed management proposals may make the reduction easier in the future.

Councillor Michael Muir, a member of HCC’s highways and waste management panel, said: “I have personally backed this petition 100% since I became aware of it. I used to work in Stevenage Old Town and am very familiar with the issue at hand. We want to look at the things that can be dealt with quickly before moving on to the proposals that may be more difficult to deliver.

“New road markings, higher kerbs and pedestrian barriers are well within our reach and we believe these could be implemented with relative ease.”

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The proposals are set to be put before members of HCC’s cabinet on February 24.