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School Brae - Safer Routes to School

At the end of last year AKCC were consulted on the above proposals (link to proposed road alterations) and following discussions with members, AKCC provided The Highland Council with member's response. A meeting followed with the Technical Road's Designer who advised AKCC that the original proposals would be sent to public consultation. The only point they took for AKCC's suggestions was to look at extending the 20 mph limit up School Brae. Residents in the vicinity of School Brae have now been consulted on these proposals by letter (link to letter).

However, if you or your child uses this route and you would like to comment, for or against the proposal, please email Laura Jamieson, Technician – Transport Planning before the 18th April: laura.jamieson@higland.gov.uk

Your comments will be a valuable insight into how these proposals will be received by the people who actually use this route.

Laura Jamieson writes: The proposed build out and overrun markings on the corner of School Brae/ Braehead junction seeks to overcome what is currently a difficult area for pupils to cross between Braehead and Mackenzie Place, an issue raised by the school in their travel plan. Providing this crossing point will facilitate more cycling/walking from the railway line from Fortrose and help provide a direct link on the desire line into the school. The existing crossing point further up School Brae (marked with stop look listen markings and dropped kerbs) represents a detour from the desire line for kids cycling/walking to school and this proposal aims to provide a much more direct link while overcoming the safety issue of crossing such a wide road by narrowing the carriageway.

Speed of traffic on School Brae was also highlighted as an issue by the school’s travel plan. Therefore, speed humps and a traffic priority system have also been incorporated to reduce traffic speeds and assist in facilitating safe crossing of School Brae by pupils.

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