Children in South Yorkshire are being encouraged to ‘play safe’ this summer and have been warned of the dangers of playing near roadworks.
Sheffield Council’s roads contractor Amey, which is carrying out a city-wide road improvement scheme, has been visiting schools in the city to urge youngsters to steer clear of roadworks.
Staff visited Firshill and Pye Bank primary schools before they broke up for the summer holidays as part of their bid to spread the word.
Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene, said Sheffield would face a lot of roadworks this summer.
He said: “We are ramping up our road improvement programme and have hundreds of roadwork sites across the city, as we’re improving the condition of the roads and pavements and installing new street lights.
“It is vital that children understand the importance of keeping safe around the roadworks, so we are really pleased that Amey is going into schools with this message – and a massive well done to all those pupils for taking part and helping to spread the word.”
Millie Guthrie, education officer at Amey, said: “Safety is paramount in all the work that Amey do .
“Although we put signs and barriers at our roadwork sites, we can’t be at every one 24-hours a day.
“Children will be out and about more during the summer holidays so it is great that these young safety ambassadors from Firshill and Pye Bank schools are helping us to remind youngsters about the dangers of playing near barriers and signs.”
This year alone Amey have visited more than 30 schools and talked to almost 11,000 pupils about roadworks safety.