Halfway School road safety campaigners are today welcoming the news that plans for a crossing on the busy Station Road have been given the green light.
The council can confirm that the funding is in place to progress the scheme into the next stages of delivery, with detailed design works and an implementation programme now being drawn up. Councillors are urging for everything to be done to have the work completed as quickly as possible.
Station Road in Halfway is a busy highway, carries a mixture of traffic, including buses, and links the two communities of Mosborough and Halfway. As such, it is used by many parents and pupils to access Halfway Nursery Infant School and local campaigners have raised crossing this road as a potentially dangerous location around the school for a number of years.
The council have been progressing the project for a long time, however, severe government funding cuts to council transport budgets by the government have put these schemes on hold. Local pupils and parents will be welcoming the news that the Station Road crossing has been prioritised for delivery.
Councillor Tony Downing, Local Labour Councillor and Lord Mayor said:
“The safety of the road outside the school is something that has been of concern to local parents for a long time. We have been campaigning for a new crossing with the school alongside parents and residents in the area, as well as our MP Clive Betts. It really has been a big community effort to get us where we now and I’d like to work with everyone who has worked with us to deliver for the community.
“With government cuts to our budgets over the past ten years money is tighter than ever and the number of schemes that can be delivered by the council has been reduced drastically. I’m really pleased that the Halfway site has been recognised as a priority area for action.”
Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Development said:
“I’m really pleased to be able to confirm that this project will be going ahead and we are now starting the design stage so we can get the work programmed in as soon as possible.
“Local Mosborough Councillor Tony Downing has asked me to visit this site to see first hand the dangers of the road and the importance that action is taken. It’s clear to everyone that something needs to be done. Tony has done a fantastic job campaigning relentlessly for this crossing and working with the local school and community to deliver on this project.”