Speed zones to target Sheffield schools

20 mph speed limits, like on this street in Nether Edge, are to be implemented across Sheffield
20 mph speed limits, like on this street in Nether Edge, are to be implemented across Sheffield
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New speed limits are being introduced outside schools across Sheffield.

Highways bosses are imposing 20mph zones in areas where pupils are most at risk in the drive to improve road safety.

The first four areas are now in operation on roads around Lowedges Primary School, Woodthorpe Community Primary School, in Parson Cross around Southey Green Primary School and at Westways Primary School, Crookes.

More will be introduced in March at Charnock Hall Primary School, Stocksbridge Nursery, Infants and Junior, St Ann’s Catholic Primary and Stocksbridge High Schools and in the area of High Green Primary and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council cabinet member for business and innovation, said: “The council has invested a lot in road s afety, having reinstated school entrance safety schemes, and is rolling out a programme of enforced zig-zag lines around schools.

“The 20mph zones are an important part of this and we aim to roll them out across the entire city in all suitable residential areas.”

Entrances to each area will be marked by speed limit signs and road markings, with additional small signs mounted on lamp posts within the area to remind drivers of the new limit.

Police community support officers are also due to conduct speed gun checks around the new zones in the coming weeks.

Youngsters from each school have taken part in special road safety lessons and designed banners to remind motorists to take extra care when driving in the 20mph areas.

Emma Humphries, learning mentor at Southey Green Primary School, said: “Like any other school the roads around here get extremely busy, so I think this is needed. We’re one of the biggest primary schools in Sheffield and there are lots of cars around, so traffic can be an issue.

“Anything which is going to help improve pupil safety is welcomed by us.”