New Filton crossing allows more students to cross in safety

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A new crossing, installed outside South Gloucestershire and Stroud college is providing a safe crossing point for students with physical and/or learning difficulties and Special Educational Needs.

It will provide an extended crossing period which enables more students to choose to travel independently.

When students with physical and/or learning difficulties and Special Educational Needs are travel trained by South Gloucestershire’s Travel Traing Coordinators, it is taught that it is only safe to cross on the green man. Due to the quick changing of the old lights, students were very often left in the middle of the dual carriageway, which was not a safe place to be.

With the installation of the new lights, students can now cross safely on the green man with plenty of time to allow manual and electric wheelchair users to cross and allow for all vehicles to have come to a complete stop.

Teresa Derrick, Travel Coordinator for South Gloucestershire said: “Now that the new lights have been installed, this crossing feels much safer and gives more time for students to make decisions with crossing and as a result they become confident and independent with travelling to the site on public transport. Parents also have a greater trust in independent travel for their young people, knowing that there is a safe crossing for them to use on a very busy dual carriageway.”