Work together to fix these hazards

I would like to reassure the concerned parent (News Guardian, February 5) that there is no engineering bottleneck that would prevent delivering much better and safer walking and cycling routes to Tynemouth’s schools.

There are several solutions available right now which could improve the Holy Saviours roundabout within the existing highway boundary.

More will be available later this year when the 2015 Traffic Signs Regulations come into force.

When the west side of Manor Road was laid out in the 1930s it was deliberately done with a building line that allows extra bridge capacity to be added (take a look next time you are passing). Pedestrian provision on the existing bridge is poor.

Ultimately, whether these locations are improved is a question for the highway authority which will have many other priorities across its area.

Any route needs to be upgraded in manageable sections over a period of years.

Thanks to support from north east MPs, long term funding for walking and cycling projects was included in last week’s Infrastructure Bill.

Sustrans helps local communities by providing engineering and funding advice for walking and cycling improvements.

Routes to school across the country are steadily improving because of a ‘can do’ attitude from our partners that has seen many difficult junctions and missing bridges tackled every year.

If there are hazards which are discouraging parents from letting their children walk or cycle to school then maybe we should work together to fix them?

Tom Bailey

North East Network Manager