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Safety work due on school road

PUBLISHED: 11:03 26 May 2003 | UPDATED: 13:54 03 March 2010

WORK is set to start next week on a long-awaited road safety scheme outside a school where police speed traps have found people driving at 70mph.

The £30,000 project is set to be carried out in Colneis Road, Felixstowe, and follows two years of consultation with residents and local councillors.

WORK is set to start next week on a long-awaited road safety scheme outside a school where police speed traps have found people driving at 70mph.

The £30,000 project is set to be carried out in Colneis Road, Felixstowe, and follows two years of consultation with residents and local councillors.

Contractors are due to start on site tomorrow and county council highways managers hope the scheme can be completed quickly and easily without too much disturbance to the area.

Householders and parents of children at Colneis Junior School are still waiting to see what the safety scheme will feature.

It had been hoped to have included a 20mph speed limit outside the school but residents did not want this to be a 24-hour restriction as this would be impossible to enforce and would not be needed for much of the day.

Highways chiefs had warned that unless more cash could be found for flashing lights to warn that the speed limit was in operation at the start and end of the school day, then it would not be included.

Although police speed traps have caught people driving at more than 70mph in daytime on 30mph Colneis Road, many residents feel the safety measures are unnecessary and claim the road is safe, despite several accidents.

However, questionnaires filled in by visitors to an exhibition on the proposals showed that nearly 65 per cent agreed that some action was needed.

Most agreed with proposals for double yellow lines at junctions with side roads, the placement of crossing points, and welcomed the proposed 20mph limit and other traffic calming, such as a no parking zone outside the school.

But people were split over plans for road narrowing. Police have pledged to ensure the scheme works and cuts traffic problems and speed around the school Parents will be given leaflets illustrating where to park in future.

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