New car park improving road safety

A new community car park is helping pupils at a Peterborough school to get to class safely.

The car park has been built next to Lime Academy Abbottsmede School in Norman Road, Eastfield, and was officially opened by Councillor Azher Iqbal (Con, East) on Monday.

He was joined by pupils who had campaigned for road safety improvements in the area, as well as staff from Skanska who constructed the car park.  

Pupils also designed speed awareness signs, which have been placed next to the car park entrance and they were handed special goody bags for their efforts.  

Councillor Peter Hiller, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “The safety of pedestrians and motorists is a council priority and the car park will significantly improve safety in the area.

“It will also alleviate parking problems in the area especially around drop off and pick up times at the school.”

Councilor Azher Iqbal added: “I was delighted to open the car park. Skanska has done a fantastic job and it is a real asset for the community. For parents that are unable to walk or cycle to school the car park will act as a Park and Stride site, providing a secure drop off point for pupils.

“The school has been campaigning for road safety improvements and we are currently consulting with residents over the prospect of a 20 mph speed limit and one-way system near the school.”   

The car park has a total of 28 parking spaces with four of these disabled bays. It has been designed using sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) which effectively drains rain water away, helping to prevent flooding.

Pavements around the car park have been made using a product called KBI Flexi Pave, which is produced using recycled car tyres, with footprints painted on the pavement leading from the car park to the school.

Play equipment has also been installed and relocated to the rear of the car park by Amey. The works were funded by a Section 106 developer contribution under the Town and County Planning Act 1990.

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