‘Minister must invest in safer school routes’ – Hazzard

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has challenged Roads Minister Danny Kennedy to ensure adequate funding is available for local schools in South Down to benefit from safer routes to school. walktoschoolThe South Down MLA said, “In recent years many of our local schools have benefitted from road safety improvements including signage and lighting and in some instances traffic calming measures such as road humps and islands. “However in some places the local community still have serious concerns about the dangers of school travel,” he insisted. “Whilst I welcome the success of the ongoing Active School Travel programme, which encourages local children to cycle or walk to school, in some areas of South Down it is simply not safe enough for children to travel independently to school in this fashion. Hazzard added, “Not only would I hope that funding for the Active School Travel programme is sustained going forward; but I would challenge the Minister to ensure every school can participate in such a programme by tackling those road safety hot-spots that still unfortunately remain across South Down.”
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