School 20mph zones to reduce accidents in Doncaster

MP Ed Miliband. Picture: Marie Caley S2249MC
MP Ed Miliband. Picture: Marie Caley S2249MC

Proposals to cut the speed limit outside two schools in a Doncaster village have been welcomed by community leaders.

The new 20mph limits, outside Toll Bar Primary, on Askern Road, and Bentley High Street Primary, on Bentley Road, would only apply during school drop off and collection times.

It would see new signage installed, incorporating flashing warning lights.

MP Ed Miliband, who represents Doncaster North, said: “I welcome the proposal plans. It’s proven that 20mph zones help reduce the number of accidents.

“The parents and headteachers I’ve contacted in my constituency, including Toll Bar Primary, are supportive of the idea.”

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

The move comes after a campaign spearheaded by Don Valley MP Caroline Flint, and backed by Mr Miliband, Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton and Doncaster mayor Ros Jones.

In September, Doncaster Council announced that roads outside nine schools would get a 20mph speed limit, and that similar safety measures would be rolled out across the borough in the future.

Mayor Jones pledged during her election campaign to make road safety changes outside every school over her term in office.

In a letter to Mr Miliband, planning officials said: “This process has determined that Toll Bar primary would benefit from an advisory reduction of the exisiting speed limit during those times when pupils are starting and finishing their school day.”