Road safety measures outside Stanley St Peter's and Sharlston Community Community School under consideration

Road safety measures could be installed outside two local primary schools under plans being considered by Wakefield Council.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 12:30 pm

A new zebra crossing may be painted on the road outside Stanley St Peter's, while a 20mph limit could be imposed on vehicles travelling close to Sharlston Community School.

The ideas, both of which are subject to consultation, have been touted in a bid to make life safer for young pupils.

Stanley St Peter's is located along the busy Lake Lock Road, which drivers use to travel between the Newton Hill and Stanley areas to the north of Wakefield.

Sharlston Community School (top) and Stanley St Peter's (bottom)

Sharlston Community School, meanwhile, is situated on a narrow road in a residential area in Sharlston Common, between Wakefield and Pontefract.

The two possible schemes are part of a wider plan by the council to encourage walking and cycling across the district.

Other ideas that have been put forward include a new staggered crossing to improve access to the industrial businesses on the eastern side of Normanton and replacing a subway with a toucan crossing on the A642 in Horbury.

A scheme to refurbish the signalised junction on the A639 Barnsdale Road and A6032 at Three Lane Ends in Castleford is also a possibility.

Any plans that come to fruition will be funded by a £1.4m grant from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA).

Wakefield's senior councillors are likely to accept the funding at a Cabinet meeting next Tuesday, after which further assessment of the individual ideas are due to take place.

Clare Elliott, the council's interim corporate director for regeneration said: "We want to encourage our residents to walk or cycle wherever possible and to do that, we need to create safe and attractive facilities and routes.

"Walking and cycling are great ways to boost your health, save money and are critical to our pledge to be a carbon neutral organisation by 2030, and support the wider district to follow."

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