Residents and councillors from Newmarket have expressed their delight after the announcement to install a pedestrian crossing near Laureate Community Academy.
The move comes after widespread support and campaigning for a safe crossing on Exning Road to the primary school. Exning Road is a main route to Newmarket’s town centre and employment areas.
It is also hoped that the new crossing will encourage more parents and pupils to walk, cycle and scoot to school.
David Perkins, Headteacher at Laureate Community Academy, said:
"We are incredibly grateful for the support of Suffolk County Council and Councillors Drummond, Hood and Soons in pushing for the installation of a pedestrian crossing outside of the school. Following last November's serious accident involving one of our pupils, the risk to children and families when crossing Exning Road has once again been highlighted, so to have a permanent solution in place will be a tremendous benefit to the whole community."
Suffolk County Councillor Andy Drummond for Newmarket and Red Lodge, said:
“The school desperately needs this crossing and I am delighted to have worked collaboratively with colleagues at Suffolk County Council and West Suffolk Council to deliver it.”
Rachel Hood Suffolk County Councillor for Exning and Newmarket, said:
“This is a clear example of Suffolk and West Suffolk Councillors working together for the benefit of our residents with determined effectiveness to improve the safety of our children and parents.”
West Suffolk District Councillor Karen Soons for Newmarket North, said:
“I am thrilled to see this new pedestrian crossing approved. It will make Exning Road safer for children, parents/carers and staff. As a mother of four children I know how hard it is to walk children safely to school on a very busy road.”