Pupils from Craneswater Junior School in Southsea have started the school year with a new zebra crossing on their doorstep, allowing them to travel more safely to and from school.

The crossing, which was installed in Albert Road during the summer holidays, allows children to easily cross to the school's new entrance.

Portsmouth City Council have installed the zebra crossing as part of ongoing developments throughout Portsmouth to improve road safety for all road users. The crossing will enable pupils, parents and carers to feel more confident about walking, cycling or scooting to school.

Travelling actively (walking, cycling and scooting) can contribute to improving air quality by reducing the number of cars on the road, especially at peak times like the school run. In busy cities like Portsmouth, vehicles are the main contributors to air pollution.

The crossing has been funded by the Local Transport Plan's Safer Routes To School Scheme and was installed in August.

Approval for the crossing was agreed at the council's Traffic & Transport meeting in July, following a one month period of consultation with residents and businesses.

Cllr Lynne Stagg, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said: "The new zebra crossing is a welcome addition to the infrastructure around Craneswater Junior School, and the school is committed to educating pupils about road safety. The crossing plays a crucial role in helping to keep pupils safe on their route to and from school.

"Road safety is a priority for the council. We listened to concerns about the safety of pupils crossing Albert Road outside the school and decided that a zebra crossing would be the best course of action. The new crossing will benefit children, parents, carers, other vulnerable road users and the wider local community."

Dave Jones, Head teacher at Craneswater Junior School, said: "We are delighted to see the zebra crossing installed. This is something which our school council began campaigning for last year. It will provide a much safer place for our pupils to cross on what is a very busy road.”