‘Twenty is plenty’ message to drivers

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DRIVERS are being warned to slow down to 20mph or less outside two Leeds schools.

New 20mph speed limit zones are in force outside Cookridge Holy Name Primary and Gildersome Primary in a pilot project involving six schools. The pilot scheme is being rolled out by the council around schools where injury accidents have previously occurred.

The first phase will see schemes being introduced around six schools in the district with further locations being considered as part of later phases.

Leeds Council’s executive board member with responsibility for development, Coun Richard Lewis, said: “We are working closely with school communities to promote the use of sustainable travel which reduces congestion, improves health and the environment, and also making sure we are educating pupils about their own safety on the roads.

“Our aim is to encourage everyone, young and old alike, to treat the roads with respect, care and consideration for others, enabling everyone to share the available road space safely, whatever their mode of transport.

“I am pleased that we are piloting these 20mph limits around schools where personal injury accidents are highest, and hope that this will encourage motorists to drive more slowly in built up areas and around schools.”

The other schools in the pilot phase are South Leeds Arts College Rodillian, Morley High School, Kirkstall St Stephen’s CE Primary School and Boston Spa School, and will have the speed limits introduced in the coming weeks. The council has been working with pupils from Cookridge and Gildersome to support the roll out of the schemes.

An education programme will be delivered where pupils will learn about staying safe as pedestrians and cyclists. The launch event was supported by Pickfords Removals which will provide a HGV to teach pupils about staying safe around large vehicles and lorries.