Work to improve a busy crossing on London Road is planned to start on Monday 30 April.

We will be modifying the existing crossing, which is between Oakwood Road and Trafalgar School on London Road, to accommodate a higher number of pedestrians. The crossing now serves the Appletree Nursery, Gatcombe Primary School and Trafalgar School as well as University Technology College, which opened in September 2017.

A new toucan crossing means that pedestrians will have to wait for traffic to stop and a signal before they can cross the two-lane carriageway. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to cross at one time.

The crossing point will be widened and the island extended, and railings will be added to make the crossing even safer.

New zig-zag road markings will alert drivers to the crossing, encouraging them to slow down.

The project will take up to six weeks to complete with work taking place from 9.30am to 3.30pm to avoid peak times and minimise disruption. The road will be narrowed at times so drivers may experience some delays, but traffic will always be able to travel in both directions.

During the work period a temporary crossing will be in place and the southbound bus lane and bus stop (Trafalgar School) will be closed. The alternative bus stop is further south at Beechwood Road.