Pupils prepared for disruption as Bexleyheath roadworks block school entrance

PUBLISHED: 11:03 16 October 2017

Pupils at Gravel Hill Primary School will see the main entrance of their school shut this week, but have received a visit from the Green Footsteps initiative's active bug mascot to learn about road safety

Pupils at Gravel Hill Primary School will see the main entrance of their school shut this week, but have received a visit from the Green Footsteps initiative's active bug mascot to learn about road safety


Gravel Hill Primary School has been teaching its pupils about road safety

Ongoing roadworks around Bexleyheath have blocked a primary school’s entrance this week, causing pupils to take up road safety training.

With the next stage of work around the town starting today (Monday), Gravel Hill Primary School received a visit from the Green Footsteps initiative, teaching pupils how to keep safe while walking through the town.

Maths teacher Sue Carlton said: “We’re at a busy junction on the corner of two main roads, with two big secondary schools either side.

“Now the roadworks are taking up the pavement alongside the entrance so it is a bit tricky.”

As part of the school initiative, Year 6 pupils have been tasked with learning and sharing tips on keeping their classmates safe outside the school.

Mrs Carlton added: “We have six junior road safety officers who are charged with trying to keep everyone safe, and they have been inspirational,”

“They have done assemblies and are going to talk to Years 5 and 6.

“We have the yellow jackets which the children wear when they’re walking, and the Year 3s do pedestrian training - when staff take them out and demonstrate how to cross the road safely. Those who can show they’ve understood get a certificate.”

Throughout this week, youngsters and their parents will have to walk through school’s smaller Watling Street entrance.

Overnight resurfacing work starts on Albion Road tonight and is expected to last up to eight nights.

The eastbound carriageway, behind the shopping centre, between the roundabout at Townley Road and the roundabout at Highland Road will be closed for five nights from 7pm to 5am, except for access for lorries making deliveries to the shopping centre.

During this period, access to and exit from Pincott Road, Warren Close and Victoria Road will be as normal, except for travel towards Crayford, where it will not be possible to make a u-turn by the library at Townley roundabout and return along Albion Road. The alternative route will be via Townley Road and Latham Road to reach Gravel Hill.

When this section of work is complete, the roundabout at Townley Road will then close to traffic for resurfacing and this is expected to take a further three nights. During this period, vehicles leaving Victoria Road will be able to turn right across the central reservation. Entry to residential streets will be via Pincott Road as normal.

Signed diversions will be in place.

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