More than £750,000 worth of improvements will be carried out in front of a busy college in Norfolk.

A scheme which will see two zebra crossings and wider pavements in front of East Norfolk Sixth Form (EN) on Church Lane, Gorleston, has been given the green light.

The proposed improvement works, worth £785,000, will also link with developments on Middleton Road, which is funded through the Active Travel Fund.

The proposed measures, along with the announced upgrades coming to Beccles Road, aim to produce a more pedestrian-friendly environment in Gorleston.

Great Yarmouth Mercury: The zebra crossings are being added to make the area more pedestrian-friendly. Picture - NewsquestThe zebra crossings are being added to make the area more pedestrian-friendly. Picture - Newsquest (Image: Newsquest)Norfolk County Council's lead for highways Graham Plant said: "By implementing footway widening and zebra crossings on this busy road, we are taking proactive steps to ensure residents feel safer when crossing, particularly students of East Norfolk Sixth Form, older people, and parents with young families.

"With these extra initiatives - fully funded by Active England - I am confident that many residents will enjoy safer and pedestrian-friendly streets."

EN Principal Dr Catherine Richards said she was incredibly proud of the EN students who repeatedly raised the issue of the new for new crossings in the area.

Dr Richards said: "This announcement is fantastic news for the local community and the College. The students' meetings with councillors and transport officials gave them the opportunity to communicate the urgent need for such a scheme.

Great Yarmouth Mercury: East Norfolk Sixth Form on Church Lane. Picture - ENEast Norfolk Sixth Form on Church Lane. Picture - EN (Image: EN)

"We are grateful to the council for allowing us to work closely with them on the improvements being made outside of the college. The changes will have a significant impact on the safer access to the campus for our students and for the local community."

The upcoming improvements are part of a wider scheme which will see £7m of upgrades to crossings and paths across the East of England.