Road improvements set to encourage more pupils to walk or cycle to schools in Bury St Edmunds

Pupils at Abbots Green Community Primary School, in Bury St Edmunds, take part in Outspoken cycling training. ANL-150728-103103001
Pupils at Abbots Green Community Primary School, in Bury St Edmunds, take part in Outspoken cycling training. ANL-150728-103103001
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More children are expected to walk or cycle to Bury St Edmunds’ primary schools from September thanks to improved pathways and extra cycling training.

Over the summer holidays Suffolk Highways is carrying out work on footpaths and cycling facilities around 11 schools, including improvements to crossings, road markings, speed limit signing and parking restrictions.

Councillor James Finch, Suffolk County Council cabinet member for roads, said: “It’s really good to see these improvements taking place.

“I’m confident that they will go a long way to encouraging pupils and parents to use sustainable methods of transport to make the journey to and from school, such as cycling or walking.

“We’ve planned these works to coincide with the school summer holidays, when traffic levels are reduced, so we can keep any disruption caused to a minimum.”

Improvements will take place at Guildhall Feoffment Community Primary, Abbots Green Community Primary, Serbert Wood Community Primary, Westgate Community Primary, Hardwick Primary, All Saints CEVC Primary, Ickworth Park Primary, Sexton’s Manor Community Primary and Great Whelnetham CEVC Primary, as well as Stowupland High School.

The works are expected to be completed when the schools reopen in September.

The improvements will work in tandem with the Outspoken cycle training given in schools across the county, which was well received by parents and children.

Abbots Green Primary has seen a 100 per cent increase in cycling activity since the Outspoken training.

Heidi Franklin, headteacher, said pupils ‘thoroughly enjoyed’ the training and parent feedback had been ‘superb’.