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Plan to make busy Newport streets safer

By Mat Growcott | Newport | Transport | Published:

Two busy Newport roads could be made safer for children and pedestrians under new proposals.

Chetwynd Road, Newport. Photo: Google StreetView.

People in the town are being urged to have their say on the plans for Chetwynd Road and Station Road.

Changes on Chetwynd Road will include providing a 40mph buffer speed limit between the current national speed limit and 30mph sections, as well as a school safety zone near St Peter & St Paul Primary School with an advisory 20mph limit. Flashing signals would be installed in the area.

There would also be speed cushions installs either side of Deer Park Drive and a pedestrian refuge installed nearby.

Telford & Wrekin Council says the alterations would offer a safe crossing point, provide traffic-calming around the junction and treat concerns raised by the school about pedestrian safety.

On Station Road, it is proposed that an existing pedestrian refuge near the Granville Avenue junction be removed, as well as the installation of a zebra crossing nearby.

The council said the changes would create a safer crossing point, but would have a minimal impact on on-street parking. It would serve pedestrian crossing movements to local schools.

Consultation on the changes will last until May 31.

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Councillor Peter Scott said: "Please go on to these consultations before May 31st . It takes less than a minute. We need large numbers. Don't miss this opportunity – it may not come again."

Anybody interested in seeing the full plans should visit telford.gov.uk/traffic

Comments can be sent to traffic.schemes@telford.gov.uk

The plans are part of a £12 million investment into infrastructure across Telford & Wrekin.

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The borough council says that it will be delivering 222 improvement schemes as part of its Pride in our Community initiative.

Projects will include improvements to roads, road safety schemes, road marking, improvements to paths and footways, residential parking schemes to create another 400-plus parking spaces, work on major structures including bridges, tunnels and retaining walls and drainage improvements.

For more information about upcoming plans, or to find out how to suggest changes, visit telford.gov.uk

Mat Growcott

By Mat Growcott
Reporter - @MGrowcott_Star

Shropshire Star reporter

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