Markings improve pupils' safety

Celebrating the safety improvements made to aid safety and traffic flow in Sickels St, Fairfield...
Celebrating the safety improvements made to aid safety and traffic flow in Sickels St, Fairfield are (from left) Fairfield School principal Greg Lees, Saddle Hill Community Board member Paul Weir and Dunedin City Council transport engineering and road safety team leader Hjarne Poulsen. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

A dead-end street in Fairfield has been given a new lease of life.

Dunedin City Council transport engineering and road safety team leader Hjarne Poulsen said road markings in Sickels St, near Fairfield School, had been changed to improve traffic flow and to make it safer for pupils being picked up and dropped off.

The work, which was finished before the school year started, included the painting of a flush median strip, a turning circle and designated drop-off and pick-up zone near the school gate and two P5 parks further down the street.

The improvements "seemed to be working'' as planned but any feedback could spur changes.

Saddle Hill Community Board member Paul Weir, who has children at the school and advocated for the work through the board, said the changes had improved traffic flow in the dead-end street.

Mr Lees said he hoped the council could install a handrail near the pick-up zone to make it safer for pupils.

The improvements had been a long time coming, Mr Lees said.

"It's been on the board of trustees' agenda for almost seven years.''

He hoped the council would continue to investigate improving parking in Main Rd to make it safer for parents to pick up and drop off pupils on the other side of the school.

 

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