Local school benefits from Park and Stride initiative
A newly built community car park next to Lime Academy Abbotsmede, Eastfield which is helping pupils get to class safely and has been officially opened by Councillor Azher Iqbal.
The car park has been designed using sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) which effectively drains rain water away, helping to prevent flooding and the 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.
For parents that are unable to walk, cycle or scoot to school the car park will act as a 'Park and Stride' site, providing a safe and secure drop off location for parents and pupils at Lime Academy Abbotsmede, along with helping to alleviate congestion outside of the school.
Councillor Peter Hiller, Peterborough 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.”
Councillor Azher Iqbal was joined by pupils, staff and project partners to officially open the car park. Pupils designed 'Park and Stride' and speed awareness signs, which have been placed next to the car park entrance. For their contribution, pupils received special goody bags from the Travelchoice team, the Council's sustainable travel initiative that works with businesses, schools and the general public to influence sustainable travel choices.
Councill Azher Iqbal added: “I was delighted to open the car park, Skanska have done a fantastic job and it is going to be a real asset for the community. The school has been campaigning for road safety improvements and we will soon start a consultation with residents over the prospect of a 20 mph speed limit and one-way system near the school.”
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