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Putting brakes on Doncaster’s speeding motorists

Mexborough Pitt Street Infants School, Pitt Street, Mexborough are wanting to have a 20 mph road outside their school to improve safety. Picture: Andrew Roe

Mexborough Pitt Street Infants School, Pitt Street, Mexborough are wanting to have a 20 mph road outside their school to improve safety. Picture: Andrew Roe

  • by Stephanie Bateman
 

The brakes are being put on irresponsible drivers endangering the lives of Doncaster schoolchildren.

A major clampdown on speeding motorists is seeing 20mph zones being put in place at another nine schools across the borough.

The news comes after plans were unveiled by Doncaster Council last year to reduce limits outside a number of schools around the borough in a safety drive, with mayor Ros Jones pledging to make the changes during her term in office.

Those set to benefit under the latest wave of schools to be covered by the limit are Askern Spa Junior, Bessacarr Primary, All Saints Primary in Hooton Pagnell, Copley Junior, Sprotbrough, Orchard Infants, Sprotbrough, Estfeld Primary in Tickhill, Rowena Infants in Conisbrough, de Warenne Academy, Conisbrough and Pitt Street Primary in Mexborough.

Studies have proved that reducing a speed limit from 30mph to 20 leads to a drastic reduction in casualties.

Pitt Street Infants headteacher Pam Belnavis welcomed the new restrictions and said: “The 20mph zone is good news for us. It can be busy at the beginning of the school day and after it.

“The safety of our children is paramount.”

Mexborough councillor David Holland said: “Enforcing lower speed limits near schools is a sensible move. I believe parents, teachers and pupils will welcome this news.”

Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband backed the safety drive and added: “I want pupils, parents and teachers to feel safe on the streets around their schools.

“It’s proven that 20mph zones help reduce the number of accidents and I know the parents of children at these schools are very supportive of the plan.”

Peter Dale, Doncaster Council’s director of regeneration and environment, said: “Doncaster has an extensive network of 20mph roads – well in excess of 200km, including around 50 schools.

“Work is continuing to consider appropriate measures for remaining schools.”

Ed Morrow of road safety charity Brake said: “Everyone – adults and children – should be able to walk and cycle in their communities, to get to school or work, or for their health and enjoyment, without being put in danger by fast traffic.”

A spokesman for The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents added: “A large number of evaluation studies have demonstrated a link between the introduction of 20mph zones and a subsequent reduction in casualties.”

Schools already with 20mph zones in Doncaster borough are Toll Bar Primary, Bentley High Street Primary, West Road Primary Moorends, Edenthorpe Hall Primary and Thorne Brooke Primary.

 

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