Promise to 'look again' at narrow Newport road over safety concerns

Councillors are considering steps to improve a trouble narrow road that has no footpath and is used by schoolchildren daily.

Part of Longford Road
Part of Longford Road

Longford Road between Newport and Longford connects the Haberdashers' Adams Grammar School in Newport town centre with boarding accommodation at Longford Hall.

The site is home to approximately 50 boys in Years 7 to 10 and also hosts activities like orienteering.

In some sections the road is only wide enough for one car and has no footpath, despite very high hedges and some blind turns.

Andrew Eade, borough councillor for Church Aston and Lilleshall, said he has heard concerns about the use of the road, and hopes to visit with Telford & Wrekin Council highways officers to see what could be done.

"It's a narrow road and traffic has increased, and traffic does also seem to have gotten faster.

"Adams Grammar have used that road for many years. In the past I did try and arrange for them to use a public right of way [off the road] to get to Adams Grammar, but one of the landowners wouldn't agree.

"We're going to look again at the problems and try to come up with some sort of solution."

He said he is hopeful highways experts will visit "as soon as possible", and identify possible actions, for example increased signage.

Newport resident Dr Catherine Lamond said of Longford Road: "It is dangerous to walk the dog, run or cycle along there because cars go too fast.

"I wish there were traffic calming measures."

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