TMS was recently approached by two schools to assess the safety of the roads outside their establishments
The first school, in Tyne and Wear, wanted expert safety advice on whether highway proposals being designed as part of a nearby residential development were suitable, or whether design changes should be carried out to ensure the safety of school children was not compromised. TMS assessed the proposals and made recommendations in terms of highway alignment, speed limits, traffic calming, pedestrian crossings and parking, which the school will take forward to discussions with the Highway Authority and the Developer.
The second school, in Bristol, needed advice on whether pedestrian crossing arrangements were suitable as the school site is separated by a busy road, which children have to cross at numerous times of the day. TMS reviewed the site and made recommendations in terms of improving the crossing layout, adjusting parking arrangements and introducing enhanced traffic calming measures.
Project Engineers, Harminder Aulak and Darren Newbold, said:
"These were interesting projects which allowed us to apply our experience of road safety, accident causation, risk assessment and knowledge of highway design standards and legislation. We are confident our advice will help to ensure the safety of children is not compromised at the schools."