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Cash plea for safer school routes.

MORE Warwickshire pupils are to be encouraged to walk, cycle or take the bus to lessons next year if county councillor Ken Browne (Lab, Warwick North) gets his way.

The county council cabinet member for transport, environment and rural affairs asked officials at Shire Hall to find out if they can spend pounds 1million next year on Safer Routes to School.

They have already set aside pounds 580,000 which will pay for initiatives such as extra pelican crossings near schools and cycle racks in the playgrounds.

But Cllr Browne feels it is not enough and asked them to see if they could take money from elsewhere in the transport budget to pay for more.

He said: "This is a classic way, a key way, to address the problems of the morning chaos which goes on right across the county.

"It's a good way of actually trying to reduce traffic chaos and of producing healthier schoolchildren."

Other projects in the provisional list for spending on transport schemes include more than pounds 2million of improvements at Portobello Bridge and spending pounds 815,000 on other bridges throughout the county. Maintenance of roads is to get pounds 4.1million.

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