Road safety measures to be put in place for new Harpenden secondary school
PUBLISHED: 08:54 09 May 2019 | UPDATED: 08:54 09 May 2019
Harpenden's new secondary school is set to receive council funding to improve road safety around the school site.
Herts County Council's cabinet will agree funding to support highways improvements for Katherine Warington School in Harpenden in a meeting on Monday.
The new school, which is set to admit pupils from September, is being delivered by the Department for Education through its free school programme. The county council is supporting the scheme by purchasing the site for the school and committing funding for playing fields and off-site highways works.
Up to £4.6 million in funding will be released to fund highways improvements in the area surrounding the school, including measures to support sustainable travel.
These include traffic calming and road safety improvements to allow pupils to travel to and from school more safely, cycle track, footpath and bus stop improvements, road widening and remodelling and new entrances built from the highway onto the school site.
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Jenny Coles, the county council's director of children's services, said: "The council has actively supported the new Katherine Warington School to serve Harpenden and surrounding communities to provide much needed school places.
"This additional funding will enable the scheme to continue to progress at pace and we are continuing to work closely with the Harpenden Secondary Education Trust, DfE and principal contractor Kier Eastern, towards the opening of the school for its first cohort of pupils in September 2019."
Katherine Warington was initially due to open in September last year, but was delayed due to multiple planning hurdles.
Construction is currently underway, and a two-storey sports centre is being built which will be initially converted into temporary classrooms for the first year intake in September.
The main school building, constructed to accommodate 1,150 pupils and 65 classrooms, is due to be completed by September 2020, and the sports centre will then be converted back to its original purpose.
The school will be led by founding headteacher Tony Smith.