PARENTS and children will now be safer, thanks to a new entrance which has been officially opened at a Worthing school.
West Sussex County Council’s Safer Routes to School team contributed £2,000 towards the project at Field Place First School.
The position of the old railings was moved so the pavement could be widened, giving more space for children to wait to cross the road safely.
The new entrance was officially unveiled by Lionel Barnard, deputy leader of the county council, with responsibility for Highways and Transport.
Lionel said: “This will increase safety in the area during the school run, making access easier for parents with pushchairs, scooters and bikes.
“The school works closely with us to promote alternatives to the car to try to reduce congestion in this residential area.”
Head teacher Linda Bateman said: “Nelson Road has two large schools and at the beginning and end of the day, more than 1,000 children, their parents, carers, cars and bikes all converge on the area.
“This year, we have been working with West Sussex County Council to ensure that it is safe for children and adults to cross the road. We are lucky enough to have a road crossing patrol, Linda Hall, but the pavement outside the school was so narrow that it was not safe for pedestrians to enter the school grounds or wait to cross the road.
“The council contributed towards the cost of moving the fence at the entrance away from the road to ease this congestion. This means that there is now much more room and less jostling.”
Pupils from the school have been involved in many initiatives to make the surrounding area more safe.
They designed posters which are displayed down the road, to remind drivers to slow down and staff were involved in changes to the roads, including signs, bollards and road humps.