Work is set to begin on making a road outside a Carshalton school safer for children after a headteacher said pupils were being ‘put at risk daily’ while walking to school.
Green Wrythe Lane outside Green Wrythe Primary, which has a large number of children with learning disabilities, will have safety signs, keep clear markings and pencil bollards installed according to plans released by Sutton Council.
It added parking restrictions along nearby Revesby Road would be extended and parts of the existing footway would be widened for both cyclists and pedestrians.
Contractor R J Dance Ltd will take on the project, which is expected to last for four weeks after it begins on Monday, March 27.
The works are part of a Transport for London (TfL) scheme and will begin more than a year after the school was told it was in line for traffic-calming measures outside the school back in February, 2016.
In January the school’s headteacher Anne Claxon said pupil’s lives were being put at risk daily after Sutton Council delayed installing the safety signage, more than one year after she first raised concerns.
But following this month’s announcement Mrs Claxon said she was “delighted” and added parking restrictions would ‘improve traffic flow.
The headteacher said: “We are absolutely delighted with the news that road signage near our school is to be improved.
“At last road users will know they are approaching a school and hopefully will slow down accordingly. Also the addition of more parking restrictions by the school’s entrances will help traffic flow more easily and improve visibility.
“We look forward to returning from the Easter holidays to new signs, markings and pencil bollards.”
Hitesh Wadher, a senior professional engineer who oversaw the plans, warned drivers that vehicles parked along the road during the works would be removed.
He said: “I apologise in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause, but our engineers will be working with the contractor to ensure the work is completed as quickly and safely as possible.
“Please avoid parking in the area of the works, which will be clearly marked with signs, cones and barriers, as offending vehicles will have to be removed.”
A spokesman from Sutton Council said: “We will be starting work on Green Wrythe Lane over the Easter Holidays after consultation with local residents.”
“The work is focused on improving pedestrian footpaths and cycling, as well as the signs and road markings outside Green Wrythe Primary School.”
“The resources for this project comes through funding from TfL, which is part of a larger pot for borough-wide projects from April 2016 to March 2017.”
“The plans for Green Wrythe Lane started in September as resources from other projects had to be moved around to start work in the area.
“We would again like to thank Green Wrythe Primary School and local residents for their patience during the consultation process.”