Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: “I’m pleased to see this new crossing in place ready for the start of the school year for pupils at Romsey School and Romsey Abbey Primary.
“The retirement of the school crossing patrol officer earlier in the year was an opportunity for us to look at a permanent and cost effective solution for people crossing the road here at any time, not just school time.
“Like all county councils, Hampshire is facing financial pressures amid growing demands for children’s and adults social care so we look carefully at where we can best use one-off expenditure for long term benefit, and this puffin crossing is an excellent solution.”
The new £116,000 puffin crossing has been installed on Duttons Road, just south of Landsdowne Close to help people crossing the A3057 and improve accessibility for those with sight or mobility impairments. The carriageway surface on either approach to the new crossing has also been resurfaced in order to improve skid resistance.