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Road safety key to plans for 20mph school zone

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 29, 2014

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A RAFT of 20mph speed limits are being proposed in a bid to slow down motorists travelling near to a Burton school.

Staffordshire County Council is proposing to limit the speed of drivers in four streets near to Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Primary School, in Alexandra Road, Winshill.

Council chiefs are looking to put in place the specially drawn up order on four roads in total – Alexandra Road, Oxley Road, Mount Street and Mervyn Road – before the end of the current school year.

A spokesman for the council said: “In response to concerns raised by local residents and councillors about the current speed limit on the mentioned roads and their consistency with other limits in the adjacent area, these proposals aim to reduce the current speed limit from 30mph to 20mph.

“A 20mph zone was introduced in this area of Burton several years ago which encompasses a large residential area with many individual roads within it.

“When the scheme was introduced the four roads identified in these proposals were not included within the 20mph zone although the residential nature of the roads is much the same as those within the 20mph zone and there is also a primary school situated on Alexandra Road.

“By including these roads within the 20mph zone it will give a more homogenous approach to the area limit while also not sending out an inappropriate message to motorists by posting a speed limit increase in the immediate vicinity of a primary school.

“Mean speeds have been recorded at 22mph which is below the recommended 24mph.

“It is therefore proposed in the interests of road safety the speed limits are reduced to 20mph as shown on the associated plan and schedule.”

Conor Wileman, who represents the Burton Tower division on the county council, talked to the Mail about the plan.

He said: “The 20mph zone is in Winshill on Alexandra Road and for adjoining roads too.

“As a county council we are focused on improving the safety of children around schools and this is a measure to remind drivers that when a school is nearby they should drive with caution. In the past much has been discussed but now action is taking place.

“I am pleased that formal approval has been reached and the scheme delivered soon.”

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