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  • "ste.g I believe you are correct, the minimum limit is 30mph which is also the point car speedo's and speed cameras are calibrated at. In an accident though, if speed was a factor, that would (and should) be taken into account in any charges pressed but would be difficult to prove I think.
    I have to say that I've watched traffic outside schools, arriving and leaving, and I was convinced an accident was going to happen. People drove like they were possessed and I was genuinely concerned, speed wasnt really a factor it was the standard of driving that bothered me. Everyone should try this sometime!"
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Trials for 20mph speed limits outside East Lancashire schools

Trials for 20mph speed limits outside East Lancashire schools

TRIALS Plans for 20mph speed limits outside East Lancashire schools get go-ahead

TRIALS Plans for 20mph speed limits outside East Lancashire schools get go-ahead

First published in Altham Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

TRIALS to cut drivers’ speed outside five East Lancashire schools have been given the go-ahead.

Vehicles will be restricted to just 20mph outside the pilot schools at peak times as part of a countywide bid to slow down motorists.

The five schools are:

  • Burnley: Sir John Thursby Community College
  • Hyndburn: Altham Primary
  • Pendle: Blacko Primary
  • Ribble Valley: Gisburn Primary
  • Rossendale: Stubbins Primary

Abbey Village Primary, near Chorley, is also part of the trial.

Jo Greenwood, the county council’s environment director, said the signs would concide with the start and end of the school day.

She said: “Discussions with the Department for Transport regarding time variable 20mph speed limits at schools, located outside the main residential areas, have now reached a conclusion.

“Full agreement in principle has now been reached as to how this can be achieved in Lancashire.”

Under the same package six further areas have been selected for the county’s ‘Healthy Streets' initiative.

This programme will give extra assistance to smooth over the arrival of 20mph zones, ironing out potential conflicts between motorists and residents.

Part of Great Harwood, north Clitheroe, central Colne, south west Burnley, Euxton and Helmshore are the identified districts for the scheme.

The plans were reviewed and approved by County Councillor Tim Ashton, highways cabinet member, subject to them being ‘called-in’ by the scrutiny committee.

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