Bilston pupils brush up on road safety skills during tram site visit

It was stop, look and listen for a group of young pupils from Bilston when they swapped their uniforms for high-vis vests in a bid to brush up on their road safety skills ahead of completion of local tram works.
 
As part of a public safety campaign set up by the Midland Metro Alliance to mark Road Safety Week, Hurst Hill Primary School pupils were given a lesson in how urban construction can impact traffic flow on busy roads.
 
With safety equipment at the ready, the pupils, aged seven and eight, who were also joined by Transport for West Midlands and Living Streets, were taken to Bilston Road where the tram track replacement project is about to complete.
 
They heard first-hand about road safety in an urban construction environment, as well as refreshing their general road safety knowledge on the quieter roads nearby. The Midland Metro Alliance also supplied all the pupils from the school with reflective snap bands to take home with them to help keep them safe during the darker nights.
 
Paul Brown, Project Director for Midland Metro Alliance, said: “Our work does not begin and end with the construction projects we are undertaking and we are committed to helping the communities where we are working. The children from Hurst Hill Primary School learned a lot about the project, but more importantly, they learned lots about staying safe near busy roads.”
 
According to figures from the Office of National Statistics, 27,130 people were killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads in the year ending June 2017.
 
Sonia Allen, Head Teacher of Hurst Hill Primary School, said: “Road Safety week is a fantastic opportunity to refresh the knowledge of our young people while reminding people of all ages that roads in the UK can still be dangerous if care is not taken when crossing the road. We are grateful to the team at Midland Metro Alliance, and their partners, for taking the time to educate our year three children.”
 
The Midland Metro Alliance is just weeks away from completing the works in Bilston Road, with the project set to finish ahead of schedule and on budget on Saturday 2 December 2017 when the A41 will reopen in both directions.
 
With the important message of road safety in mind, Transport for West Midlands are also asking road users in the Wolverhampton area to be alert to the fact that trams will return to the Bilston Road from Saturday 2 December as testing and commissioning begins. Following successful testing and commissioning, the tram service to Wolverhampton St. George’s is planned to resume on Sunday 10 December.
 
For more information about the Midland Metro Alliance, please visit www.metroalliance.co.uk or email communications@metroalliance.co.uk.