Pupils call for a cut in speed limit

Messenger Newspapers: Pupils call for a cut in speed limit Pupils call for a cut in speed limit

THE dangers of speeding on a busy school road have been highlighted by school pupils in a bid to help resolve the issue.

A year five class at St Mary’s CE Primary School in Davyhulme were busy carrying out a Speed Watch Survey to try to assess the problems of speed and congestion along Cornhill Road, where the school is located.

Trafford Council have been working with the school to see if speed is a problem by bringing their own speed camera system.

Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston, who has been campaigning on road safety issues since the launch of her Safer Trafford Sreets campaign last year, said: “I’m really pleased that the children at St Mary’s are working with Trafford Council on speeding around their school.

“I believe that implementing lower speed limits and cracking down on unsafe parking outside schools across the borough would go a long way towards solving some of the speeding issues that I know concern many Trafford residents.”

Claire Richards, Deputy Headteacher at the school, said: “We have had so many issues on this road. One time a pram was hit by a reversing car and the driver didn’t know it had happened. Naturally the class got irate about this and knew something had to be done.

“There is also a lot of double parking on the road and children are stepping out between the parked cars so there is a real danger. We need to think about the safety of children and the local residents.”

The issue has become a serious matter and the school has launched a number of initiatives to try and reduce congestion and the amount of traffic speeding along the road.

Ms Richards said: “We contacted Trafford Road Safety about this and we’ve been encouraging children to walk to school. We also set up a ‘park and stride’ scheme and a ‘walk once a week’ initiative and we gave out prizes and badges to those who walked.”

The children are now writing to the council and making suggestions including the need for parking restrictions and a reduction in the speed limit to 20mph.

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