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Safer roads around Admiral Lord Nelson School

Have your say! Portsmouth City Council are currently looking at making some changes to the roads around the school to help make them safer for students who walk or bike to school and have opened up a consultation period until Monday 23rd December for feedback.

Below is their letter:

Portsmouth City Council is continuing to invest in school education and road safety campaigns. This is helping to reduce the number of pedestrian casualties, especially for secondary-school aged children. Child casualties in Portsmouth have halved between 2011 and 2016. However, young people remain a high proportion of the pedestrian casualties in the city. The 1988 Road Traffic Act, Section 39, puts a “statutory duty” on the local authority to undertake studies into road traffic collisions, and to take steps both to reduce and prevent them. Airport Service Road has been highlighted as a key road requiring improvement, to allow pedestrians safer access to Admiral Lord Nelson School.

To achieve this, the following improvements are being proposed:

  • Implementation of a new zebra crossing:
    Proposed location is Airport Service Road (close to the junction with Robinson Way). The implementation of a zebra crossing will provide a safe crossing point with pedestrian-priority across Airport Service Road, which is a key walking route to Admiral Lord Nelson School.
    The zebra crossing will raise driver awareness of pedestrians and encourage them to reduce their speed while travelling along the road.
    Please refer to the below plans for the layout of the proposed design.
    This is a replacement scheme to the previously proposed pedestrian refuge island.

The aims of the scheme are to:

  • Reduce the risks presented to vulnerable road users and therefore casualties on key routes to schools;
  • Reduce traffic speed; and
  • Increase pedestrian confidence in the city’s walking infrastructure – encouraging more walking and cycling, and therefore helping to improve air quality.

So that your views can be considered, please send any comments you may have, whether in support of the scheme or in objection, via email to [email protected] quoting Airport Service Road or in writing to Mr Phil Rennie, Safer Travel team, Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, Portsmouth PO1 2NE.

CLOSING DATE FOR CONSULTATION IS MONDAY 23 December 2019

Responses from all residents and businesses in the affected roads will be considered before any further action is taken. Please note that any feedback received after the closing date, will not be taken into account. Should you wish to discuss the consultation, please do not hesitate to contact the Safer Travel Team.

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Google Maps mock-up

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