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20mph plan for Great Harwood road
1:00pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
A STRETCH of road outside a Rishton school could see its speed limit cut to 20mph in a bid to protect children.
A section of Harwood Road would be reduced from 30mph during school times outside St Peter and St Paul’s Church of England Primary School, if plans by Lancashire County Council are given the go ahead.
The 20mph zone would be operational when warning lights show, during term times and school hours, and would also cover bus stops used by secondary school children attending Norden High School.
The news came as figures showed more than 1,000 children a month are being injured on roads around schools nationally.
Leader of Hyndburn Council, Coun Miles Parkinson, said: “St Peter and St Paul’s is a primary school on a very busy road. It’s also been a concern with children at the nearby Norden secondary school running across the road to catch the bus back to Great Harwood.
“There have been some incidents, including a car driving into the bus shelter, and these were raised by the head teacher.
“Reducing the speed limit is something people will welcome and that I support. We don’t want any child being knocked over.
“The matter has gone to consultation now. Residents in the area will be putting forward their views and we await those, but I think it’s a good thing to reduce speeds outside primary schools.”
Hyndburn MP Graham Jones said: “Outside schools are high risk areas. In any case, most reasonable people drive slowly outside schools and understand children are not always predictable in their behaviour. Nobody wants to have to stop the car having hit a young person.
“It will target those who have, in the past, recklessly sped past schools without considering the dangers of what they are doing.”
Although the proposed limit would be advisory only, one driving instructor warned going faster could be deemed dangerous driving.
The Highcode Code states: “Do not treat speed limits as targets. It is often not appropriate or safe to drive at the maximum speed limit.”
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