Install tarmac foot/cyclepath so children can access the new great park schools

Install tarmac foot/cyclepath so children can access the new great park schools

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Al Robinson started this petition to Newcastle city council

THE PROBLEM

If you live areas such as Wideopen/Brunswick/Hazelrigg/Woodlands Park/Seaton Burn (probably beyond too, due to a knock on effect) then traffic is going to massively increase for you during rush hour when the new schools in Great Park start to open from spring 2022. This is because there is currently no safe and viable foot/cyclepath for children to be able to get to their new schools, meaning there will be no option for many hundreds of parents but to drive their children to school. 

Aside from the increase in traffic in the area, it also means more carbon emissions which is obviously not considering sustainability, climate emergency or reducing carbon.

Healthy travelling to school (from home) should be considered and catered for, and a proper safe, tarmac (and light by lampposts) foot/cyclepath route created.

CURRENTLY

Currently there are two routes to get to the new Great park schools by foot/cycle (see the map).

1) Go down coach lane into Hazelrigg, through Havannah Country Park and out next to the new first school site. However the route is really boggy and muddy all year round, and you have to cross grass and fields as park of the route. It's not an option for children to get to school. It's too muddy/boggy, dark, unsafe and not possible for children to cycle over bumpy grassy fields.

2) To go the long way along Sandy Lane and around the roundabout which goes under the A1 (Great Park exit). These are very busy roads and pose a real danger if used by hundreds of children. It is also not healthy for them to be breathing in all the car fumes. This is not a viable option.

WHAT WE WANT THE COUNCIL TO DO

Install a foot/cycle path from Hazelrigg (or somewhere else suitable) through to Great Park to enable school children to access the new Great Park schools healthily and safely, whilst also preventing traffic (and carbon emissions) rising and promoting sustainability and climate emergency.

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