Safer Routes in Communities – Broughton Hall Road, Broughton
Flintshire County Council has been successful in obtaining funding from Welsh Government to address road safety concerns on Broughton Hall Road, for the benefit of the community and children attending Broughton Primary School.
The scheme, which is now complete and operational, has introduced numerous benefits including making walking, scooting and cycling more accessible for pupils and the wider community.
The completed works include:
- resurfacing of Broughton Hall Road;
- a 20mph zone controlled by the installation of sinusoidal speed humps (which are cycle friendly);
- dropped crossings and tactile paving at junctions;
- flat top tables at existing zebra crossings;
- raised junction table at Parkfield Road/Broughton Hall Road;
- blended side road treatment at Wynnstay Road;
- raised kerbs at the Co-op junction and installation of bollards to prevent pavement parking; and
- extension to the waiting restrictions to improve safety for pedestrians and traffic movement.
Cabinet member for Flintshire County Council Streetscene and Countryside, Councillor Carolyn Thomas, said:
“I am pleased that Flintshire Council Streetscene officers were able to obtain this Welsh Government grant funding, combining it with resurfacing funds to do a greater scheme.
“The scheme will improve safety and accessibility for children attending Broughton Primary School whilst also benefiting the local community using the services and facilities in this area. The scheme also has wider benefits as it forms part of a broader proposal to implement cycling provision between Mold and Broughton and onward to Sandycroft and Saltney.
“The Active Travel element will improve safety and encourage children and families to walk, cycle and use their scooters to travel to school.
“Safety is a huge issue round schools as is air pollution from vehicle emissions. It is hoped the safety scheme will encourage more families to walk their children to school. Time together as families is valuable and some of the best times are when walking and chatting together.”
Safer Routes to School funding supports infrastructure developments around school catchment areas and clusters to make it easier for pupils to walk, scooter and cycle to school safely.
Welsh Government recognises the importance of active travel and the positive health benefits that come with using sustainable forms of travel for short everyday journeys. It wants to make walking and cycling the most natural and normal way of getting about to help people improve their health, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to address poverty and disadvantage.
At the same time, Welsh Government also want to help the economy to grow, and take steps to unlock sustainable economic growth. This can be done through more people walking and cycling, as it will reduce congestion, reduce the number of days lost through sickness and support the cycling and tourism industries in Wales.
The Active Travel (Wales) Bill will enable more people to choose active travel as an alternative to motorised travel. In this way, more people will have the opportunity to build physical activity into their daily lives.
Cllr Billy Mullin, FCC's Rob Nursaw, Cllr Derek Butler, FCC's Sue Price, Cllr Mike Lowe, Cllr Carolyn Thomas, Broughton Primary School
Headteacher Melissa Kendrick and pupils Kay Niland year 6, May Haydock and Seb Gilmartin both year 3
Photos: Jane Widdowson, Ipics Photography
Cllrs Mullin, Butler and Lowe promoting Active Travel with the Broughton Primary School pupils