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Hereford road safety scheme gets thumbs up from local residents

On behalf of Balfour Beatty Living Places

Extensive safety work at Venn’s Lane, Hereford, carried out by Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP), has been welcomed by local road users.

The ‘safer routes to schools’ scheme covers Venn’s Lane, College Road and Old School Lane used by students at the Royal National College for the Blind and St Francis Xavier’s RC Primary School.

Keith Davies, Estates Manager for the Royal National College for the Blind, thanked the workforce. “They did an amazing job,” he added.

BBLP’s engineers designed a scheme to make it safer for pedestrians, especially the young and vulnerable.

Improvements include a 20 mph speed limit, a new zebra crossing on Old School Lane, replacing the Venn’s Lane pelican crossing, new LED street lights, improving the traffic lights on the junction and resurfacing the road.

Local resident Barbara Morris added her praise for the scheme and said: “An excellent improvement achieved with great courtesy amid a rather tricky work environment.”

Herefordshire Council has prioritised road safety as part of a £40 million investment in roads over two years. Additional funding for the Venn’s Lane road safety scheme came from the Royal National College for the Blind following the expansion of its facilities which included new Venn’s Lane access.

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