A traffic light crossing on a busy road used by schoolchildren has been officially opened.
Pupils at Three Bridges Primary School cross Gales Drive every day to get between the school’s two sites.
The school and parents had been calling for a crossing on the road, which opened on Tuesday (January 14), since it merged its infant and junior schools in 2012.
Matt Andrews, deputy headteacher, said: “The crossing’s absolutely vital now we are on two sites.
“The children need to cross safely so we can share resources on both sites.”
Around 200 pupils traverse Gales Drive every week for school assembly.
Smaller groups also cross during the week to use the school’s playing fields.
Mr Andrews said parents and staff were “delighted” with the safer passage.
He said: “It was always a stressful situation for staff to cross.
“The parents are really pleased as well because it was stressful for them to cross in the morning.”
He thanked Cllr Bob Burgess (Con, Three Bridges) and the county council’s highways team.
Cllr Burgess said: “It happened remarkably quickly.
“It was a good example of identifying a need and something being done about it.
“It was good co-operative work all around.”
Cllr Peter Lamb (Lab, Northgate and Three Bridges) said the crossing was the first campaign he dealt with as a county councillor.
He said: “Parents were quite concerned with the crossing with the school’s merging.
“It was an uphill battle.”