Sheffield schools: 20mph speed limit zones to be introduced

Zones: 20mph speed signs to go up near Sheffield schools.
Zones: 20mph speed signs to go up near Sheffield schools.
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SEVEN new 20mph zones are to be created around Sheffield over the next 18 months to help improve safety around schools.

The reduced speed limits - at a cost of £280,000 - are proposed for areas of Crookes, Walkley, Woodthorpe, Parson Cross, Stocksbridge, Lowedges and Charnock.

In total the suburbs have seen 110 collisions over the last five years, which have left 129 people injured including 33 children.

All the areas chosen are around schools, as part of citywide efforts to improve road safety for pupils which include The Star-backed It’s Your Child campaign for a crackdown on dangerous parking.

In a report to a meeting of Sheffield Council’s cabinet highways committee due to take place on Thursday, highways officials revealed each of the proposed 20mph zones will include a school.

Within each area, traffic regulation orders will also be completed to ensure yellow zig zag ‘school keep clear’ markings, which prohibit parking, can be legally-enforced.

Highways officer Simon Nelson said: “The seven schemes represent a rolling programme to be completed by March 2014.

“Wherever possible, it is proposed to coordinate the introduction of a 20mph zone with Streets Ahead highways upgrades to produce a significant financial saving.

“Coordinating the work would reduce disruption.”

Mr Nelson added officials propose to start with the Lowedges and Woodthorpe zones, which will be completed by the end of March, with the other five schemes to be carried out in 2013/14.

The schemes will not include road humps or other physical measures to calm traffic, but signs will be erected.

Mr Nelson said: “The success of the 20mph speed limits hinges on the willingness of the Sheffield public to alter their own behaviour when driving in these areas.

“The roll-out of the strategy will be backed up with investment in driver and community education and publicity.”

Each of the schemes will cost £40,000 and the designated areas have been chosen by the council’s seven Community Assemblies.

Existing 20mph zones already operate in areas including Nether Edge, Upperthorpe, Shiregreen and Woodseats.

The council has pledged to roll out 20mph zones to other residential areas across Sheffield as funding allows.