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New primary school prompts measures to decrease traffic

PUBLISHED: 10:10 17 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:10 17 February 2015

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Thurrock Council has promised to introduce measures to decrease morning traffic when the new Harris Academy primary school opens in Mayflower Road.

A road safety meeting saw about 30 residents voice concerns about the five-form entry into the school causing an overload of traffic to an already busy road. But Thurrock Council’s director of planning and regeneration, David Bull, was at the meeting and announced the new school would have a staggered start time, 30 minutes later than the original Harris Academy primary next door, as well as a school bus being made available to pupils travelling from west Thurrock. There will also be a pedestrian entrance in Mill Lane.

Cllr Tunde Ojetola, who was also at the meeting, said: “This is good news as we have come to an understanding between residents, the new school and the council, working together to make sure we have the best options.

“I support the new school, it’s been a long time coming, which has meant the demand for much needed school places in the area will finally be met.”

The new primary school will be built by the Harris Federation next to the group’s existing Harris Academy. It could be accepting new pupils by September 2015 and plans to teach more than 1,100 pupils by 2022.

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