NEW cycleways and a Toucan crossing are aiming to make cycling and walking to school in part of North Shields easier.
The new features being constructed in the Preston Grange area will run alongside the existing footway next to Rake Lane to link with existing off-road cycle paths and the new Toucan crossing over Preston North Road.
The schemes will particularly benefit pupils from Preston Grange Primary School and Monkseaton High School, plus those who want to access the new Foxhunters Sports Pavilion.
Construction, by council partner Capita Symonds, has been part-funded by the Tyne and Wear Schools Go Smarter programme, which is a Department for Transport-backed scheme to promote sustainable travel to school and reduce school-run congestion.
Coun Ed Hodson, cabinet member for transport and the environment, said: “I’m pleased to see improvements being made on the ground which make it easier for schoolchildren and their families to walk and cycle for local journeys in North Tyneside.
“By choosing sustainable ways of travelling such as cycling or walking, we can reduce localised congestion, protect the natural environment and improve our children’s health.”
Tom Bailey, north east network manager at Sustrans, which worked with North Tyneside Council on scheme’s design, said: “Sustrans are delighted to be working with North Tyneside Council again on improvements to the walking and cycling infrastructure in the borough.
“The Preston Grange scheme will help make walking or cycling to schools, homes and workplaces in the area a real option for local people.”