STROUD Road Public is one of six schools in the Upper Hunter electorate which will receive a set of flashing lights under the next roll-out announced by the NSW government to increase school zone pedestrian safety.
“I’m delighted Stroud Road Public School will receive flashing lights as they provide extra road safety by slowing motorists down around our children and school communities,” Upper Hunter MP George Souris said.
“School zone flashing lights alert drivers they are entering a 40km/h school zone and to slow down reducing the risk of a crash or the severity of a crash if it occurs.
“Put simply, flashing lights make the roads around our schools safer.”
The installation of the flashing lights is part of a rollout that will see a further 101 schools in the State receive lights before the start of the 2014 school year.
“The State Budget increased funding for the flashing lights program from $19.5 million to $32.5 million - meaning an additional 1500 schools will get lights by December 2015 that otherwise would have missed out,” Mr Souris said.
The flashing lights will be installed on the Bucketts Way and will operate automatically when school zone speed limits are in force on gazetted school days.
“Roads and Maritime Services will consult with local residents and schools about the timing for the installation of the lights,” Mr Souris said.