Work is continuing on new safer crossings for children near schools in Welwyn Garden City.

A new toucan crossing has been installed on Bessemer Road, which links to onward walking and cycling connections to Knightsfield, while a further crossing over Hertford Road and an additional section of shared-use path will provide a safer connection into Harmer Green Lane, with links towards Welwyn North and the surrounding countryside.

Work, as part of the the Safer Routes to School programme, will now be carried out at the junction on Hertford Road, with a new crossing and shared-use path being built.

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Hertford Road will be closed between Station Road and Harmer Green Lane for another week while these works are underway, but pedestrian access through Digswell Park Road remains open.

Schools have been informed about the works and families are being encouraged to take the opportunity to walk, scoot and cycle to school, as congestion will be likely at peak times.

Then, workers will return to Bessemer Road for around a week to complete night-time resurfacing and electrical works, prior to commissioning the toucan crossing.

All work is set to be completed by late September, as part of efforts to promote safer, more environmentally sustainable and healthier ways of getting to and from school.