A new zebra crossing has been installed outside a Highland village school after a campaign to slow down drivers on a busy main road.
The crossing outside Watten Primary School in Caithness will help pupils and parents cross the A882 road between Thurso and Wick.
It was officially opened in the Caithness village by Councillor Willie Mackay, Landward Caithness, and representatives from the school and Watten Community Council.
The school was left without any official crossing after its lollipop lady retired three years ago and the position was not filled.
But funding to install the £15,000 crossing was signed off from a Highland Council initiative promoting safer routes to schools in September last year and now work was been completed.
The village school sits on a straight stretch of road on the busy route between Thurso and Caithness.
Despite 30mph limits through the village, reduced to 20mph at the start and end of the school day, local residents and parents have raised concern about the speed some motorists pass though the village.
Watten Community Council secretary Anne Alexander attended the opening of the crossing and said the crossing is welcome because “quite a lot of people do seem to forget the speed limits”.
She added: “We are right behind it. It was really the parents who pushed for it and we were happy to lend our support to the application to get funding.
“Hopefully it ill do it’s job and make people think a bit more about their speed through the village. It really is a very busy road.”
Mr Mackay, who lives in Watten himself, said that a zebra crossing was the best possible option for the village.
He said: “We looked at the possibility of putting in traffic lights but people get complacent if they drive through and it’s almost always at green.
“The main concern is just speed. I think Police Scotland would vouch for that, they’ve had to do a lot of speed checks in the village.”
Highland Council road safety officer Allan Bryce said that the new crossing would “provide a safe pedestrian road crossing solution”.