Measures aim to ensure pupils get to new school safely and ease traffic congestion

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Road improvement schemes costing £1.4 million are being drawn up to cope with increased traffic predicted by the creation of Sheffield’s newest secondary school.

Forge Valley Community School opens in Stannington in September after a merger between Myers Grove and Wisewood secondaries.

Critics of the plans have insisted the move will increase traffic congestion and cause road safety problems in the Stannington, Malin Bridge, Wisewood and Walkley areas as more pupils are likely to be taken to school by car.

A widespread public consultation programme was carried out on the proposals, especially with a view to heading off delays and other problems caused by increased traffic around Malin Bridge.

Councillors are to debate the plans tomorrow, which are also said to improve road safety for pupils walking and cycling to the new school.

Studies of the area have identified the routes pupils are likely to take to Forge Valley, with 70 per cent of the youngsters living within a mile of the site off Wood Lane.

A number of improvements have been suggested for the routes, which cover the school’s entire catchment area – but planning officers believe the changes will benefit the whole community.

Some objections to the changes have been received, but councillors are being asked to overrule them in the interests of road safety.

The biggest improvement scheme will take place around Malin Bridge, including a toucan crossing on Rivelin Valley Road, a puffin crossing on Dykes Lane and the relocation of the 64 bus stop.

A footpath connecting Watersmeet Road and Thoresby Road will also be converted into a shared footpath and cycle way with better lighting.

Plans also include introducing tighter parking restrictions along with extensive stretches of new double yellow lines on Holme Lane, Stannington Road and Watersmeet Road.