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Last modified: 13 Feb 2023 9:27am

A digger digging a footpath with a truck behind

Upgrades around six Selwyn schools will be helping pupils travel more safely to school this year.

The Council has been upgrading roads, pavements, entrance ways or signage around six schools over summer.

Upgrades have been made to the popular shared cycling and walking pathway on Springston Rolleston Road outside Rolleston College to improve access and address the problem of people parking on the pathway. Additional line marking, signage, upgrades to entrance ways and increased marking of cycle and pedestrian areas have also been added around Rolleston College. While new signage has been added around the McLaughlins Road access to Darfield High School, with additional line marking to be added. This work follows on from new parking bays and a shared cycling and walking path that was added on Boundary Road last year, to assist safe access to Lincoln High School.

A new pedestrian crossing has been added on Broadlands Drive outside Clearview School and is being added across Markham Way near the Rolleston School entrance, along with a shared walking and cycling path along Markham Way.

A new kea crossing has also been installed outside Clearview School along with traffic calming and road frontage upgrades to support slower speeds and improve safety for pupils walking or cycling to school.

The first stage of safety improvements outside West Rolleston School has also been completed with a new, 2.5 metre wide shared path for walking and cycling on Dunns Crossing Road, additional line marking and upgrades around the kea crossing. The Council and Waka Kotahi have been working with the school on a package of safety improvements to tie in with Waka Kotahi plans to develop the State Highway 1 intersection with Dunns Crossing Road as the future main southern entrance to Rolleston.

Plans are also in place for safety upgrades outside Leeston School on Darcy Street, while the Council has supported Waka Kotahi's upgrade of State Highway 73 through West Melton, which will improve safe access to West Melton School.