Council rolls out more safety measures for schools

Published Wednesday, 12th September 2018
Council rolls out more safety measures for schools
Dominic Sweeting from ModeShift STARS, Andrea Smith from Brookfield Academy, Cllr Sansome, Cllr Cusworth and Cllr Wyatt alongside Brookfield pupils

As schools in Rotherham return after the summer break, 20mph warning signs are being introduced as part of the Council’s commitment to improve road safety.

The scheme urges traffic to slow down with “children” warning triangle signs together with activated flashing amber warning lights which indicate when the20 mph speed limit is in operation. Outside of these periods the speed limit will revert back to normal. 

The scheme was introduced to a number of Rotherham schools last year and has now been rolled out to a further five schools, ready for the new school term. The schools to recently benefit include Aston Academy, Bramley Sunnyside Juniors, Swinton Brookfield Academy, Harthill Primary and Thrybergh Primary.

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

Local ward Councillor, Cllr Ken Wyatt, added: “I am glad to have these new advisory signs on Lime Grove to help remind motorists to drive safely and keep the welfare of children and residents walking to school at the forefront of their minds.”

A further five schemes will be introduced at Thorpe Hesley Junior and Infants, St Bede’s Primary, Meadow View Primary, Winterhill School, Kimberworth Primary and Ferham Primary.