Council rolls out extra safety measures for schools

Published Monday, 26th June 2017
Pupils from Thurcroft Junior Academy with the new flashing sign
Pictured next to one of the new signs on Green Arbour Road are Cllr Amy Brookes, Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Head Teacher Mr Richard Porter and students from Thurcroft Junior Academy.

Twenty mph warning signs are being introduced outside a number of schools in Rotherham, as part of the Council’s commitment to improve road safety.

The scheme features “children” warning triangle signs together with the words “School - 20 when lights show”. Automatically activated flashing amber warning lights will indicate when the 20 mph speed limit is in operation. Outside of these periods the speed limit will revert back to normal. 

So far five schemes have been introduced:

•    Brinsworth Academy
•    Ravenfield Primary Academy
•    Sandhill Academy (Rawmarsh)
•    Thurcroft Junior Academy
•    Wickersley Northfield Primary School

And a further 10 schemes will be introduced in the next few weeks:

•      Anston Brook Primary School, Ryton Road 
•      Aston Academy, Aughton Road
•      Aston Fence, Sheffield Road 
•      Kiveton Park Infant School, Station Road
•      Laughton Junior and Infant School, High Street 
•      Maltby Crags, Tickhill Road 
•      Maltby St Mary’s, Muglet Lane
•      St Albans School, Wickersley 
•      Swallownest Primary School, Rotherham Road and Aughton Road
•      Wales Primary School, School Road 

Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, said: “We are rolling out these signs to 15 schools this year, to raise motorists’ awareness when they are passing schools and encourage them to reduce their speed. If someone is hit by a car at 30 mph they are 50 per cent more likely to be killed, compared to 10 per cent likely at 20 mph.”

Local ward councillor, Cllr Amy Brookes, added: “I am glad to have these new advisory signs on Green Arbour Road to help remind motorists to drive safely and with common courtesy for children and residents walking to school.”

Pictured next to one of the new signs are Rother Vale ward councillor Cllr Amy Brookes, Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Thurcroft Academy Head Teacher Mr Richard Porter and students Alfie Bailey (Year 5), Ethan Hicks (Year 3), Libby Green (Year 3), Will Pickford (Year 5), Ruby Heeley-Walters (Year 5) and Oliver Ford (Year 6).