A new raised multi coloured crossing has been installed in Chatham to improve road safety near a school on St Mary’s Island.
The crossing is the first of its kind to be installed in Medway and the rest of Kent.
Following concerns raised by residents and St Mary’s Island Primary School, Medway Council launched a competition for pupils to design a colourful crossing which would be built near the school in Island Way West.
Medway Council’s Assistant Director of Front Line Services, Ruth Du-Lieu, and ward councillors picked the design created by pupil Aina Serra Tubau aged nine. The raised crossing, which features a rainbow, was installed by Thames Hydro Blasting using environmentally friendly materials.
Cllr Andrew Mackness, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said: “We have listened to local residents and I’m pleased the new crossing has been installed. The safety of our young people is incredibly important and I look forward to seeing new colourful crossings being built in the future.”
Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services, said: “Road safety is very important, especially near our schools. The road safety team works with schools all year round to ensure Medway’s young people are aware of the dangers of the road.”
Christine Easton, Headteacher of St Mary’s Island Primary School, said: “The school always takes part in all the competitions run by Medway Council regarding road safety as it is paramount that our children keep safe in all situations they are faced with. The crossing will make a huge difference and it reinforces the importance of making sure you are safe along the roads on your way to and from school.”
Medway Council’s Road Safety team works with both primary and secondary schools to promote safer routes to school and offers school travel planning advice.