Beauly Pupils Benefit Now Safer Routes To Schools Project Is Completed

The completion of two new footpaths and other road safety measures are encouraging more pupils at Beauly Primary to walk to and from their school. 

Pupils and parents have been working for the last year to produce a School Travel Plan with the view to creating safer routes to school in Beauly and encouraging more children to walk to school.

The results of this project have been to construct a new footpath from Braeview Car Park to the School that links in with another new path from Station Road, by the Phipps Hall.  

The Highland Council’s Road Safety Officer Lisa MacKellaich has been working with pupils and staff.  She said: “The purpose of the footpaths is to encourage parents to drop off their pupils in Braeview Car Park so they can enjoy a short, healthy and safe walk to school. Braeview Car Park is now the designated school drop off zone and already we have seen an improvement in the congestion on Croyard Road, especially in the mornings.”
Other Safer Routes to School routes have been marked on pavements in Beauly itself, with colourful Stop, Look, Listen markings and painted footprints used to encourage pupils to follow them. 

The Be Safe Be Seen Message is also being reinforced to pupils as all P 1 - 3 pupils have been issued with Hi-Viz Vests to make sure they can be seen as they walk to and from the school.

The project has been funded by Safer Routes To School Funding from the Scottish Government and money from The Highland Council through its ECS Service, a Cycling and Infrastructure grant and the Ward Discretionary Budget.
Bardon Aggregates donated the tar for the section of footpath that runs along the car park.

28 Jan 2009