Why walking provided our school with a traffic safety solution

Concern expressed by our Board of Trustees, staff and parents about the safety of our pupils when travelling to and from school resulted in the Board commissioning a transportation appraisal. The appraisal was to identify the hazards faced by our pupils in their travel to school based on increasing awareness of : • Traffic congestion • High numbers of children coming to and from school by car (adding to the congestion around the school) • The school being located by two arterial routes – Centaurus Road and Colombo Street • Existing pedestrian traffic facilities, e.g. pedestrian crossings are barely adequate Through a systematic and objective investigation of this problem we were aiming to identify and define the issues, then develop a strategy to overcome these issues.
Rob Dewhirst
Thorrington School
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