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Trial day for new road layout

A new road layout, designed to reduce accidents outside a primary school, will be trialled for a day on Friday (26 Feb).

New Park Road, in Brixton, will see traffic calming measures designed by parents and residents alongside road safety charity Sustrans, introduced outside Richard Atkins School.

New Park Road trial road layout

New Park Road trial road layout

The designs will be trialled for one day so that people can experience the impact and feedback before any permanent measures are put in place.

Plans include road narrowing, raised platforms, build outs, tree planting, cycle parking and multiple short crossing points – all with the aim of slowing traffic and making the road safer for pupils before and after school.

Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, said: “This is all about the safety of school children who are walking to and from school.

“We’ve designed the proposals together with parents, local residents, Richard Atkins School and Sustrans and I hope we’ve got a scheme that everybody can be happy with that will make all road users safer and improve the look and feel of the road.”

Work on the area began in summer 2015 when Lambeth Council asked Sustrans to help address safety concerns. Twelve accidents have happened near the Richard Atkins School because of the amount of traffic cutting through New Park Road and lack of safe crossing points.

Money has been earmarked for the project from Transport for London.

Phillippa Banister, Senior Project Officer at Sustrans, said: “New Park Road has seen 12 accidents near Richard Atkins School – 40% higher than similar roads in Lambeth – so it’s crucial that changes are made to ensure the safety of everyone, in particular children travelling to the school.

“We’ve been working with the community to design a new layout that will make the street safer and this one day trial will be a great chance for people to see the changes for themselves. We look forward to hearing from people on the day.”

The trial day will run from 7.30am to 8.30pm on Friday 26th February, including a Pop Up Park, Dr Bike sessions, music performances from Richard Atkins pupils, food and drink and a Q and A with the designers.

Lambeth Council is asking for feedback through a formal consultation process running from 19th February – 11th March. See the designs and take part at: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/diy-school-projects-consultation

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/diyschoolsrichardatkins

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