Cllr John Hunt – County, District and Parish Councillor

20 mph advisory speed limit zones outside of Schools

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A programme to implement advisory 20 miles per hour speed limits outside schools in the next 2 years was announced at SCC Full Council on 19 February 2020. The aim of this programme is to have lower traffic speeds outside of our schools and safer school travel for children.

The flashing lights alert drivers to a hazard in the road ahead. The lights normally flash at school opening and closing times – this increases the visibility of the school signs to drivers when children are most likely to be using the road.

All schools were initially considered for the programme, however around 150 schools are now are either within 20 mile per hour zones or limits, included in the Small Improvement Schemes programme, are too close to existing zebra or pelican crossings, or already have 20 when lights show signs.

All the remaining sites were prioritised based upon collision records, speeds, flow and road type. The Phase 1 sites consist of 20 sites throughout Somerset, the aim of which is to install them from November 2020 to January 2021.

This has been a long time coming and I’m pleased to say that North Town Primary School in my Council Council area is one of the schools in phase one.
For your information, I’ve put forward a case for Parkfield, Bishop’s Hull, St George’s and Castle Schools to receive the same advisory 20mph zones in the next phase.
It’s also great to see that the call for Bishop’s Henderson in Comeytrowe to be included on the phase one list has been successful.

Phase 2 sites (the remainder) currently involve around 120 schools and installation is currently planned to commence in January 2021, with the delivery continuing through to March 2022. Following completion of the phase 1 sites, the programme for the delivery of phase 2 sites will then be confirmed in January 2021.

If you have any queries on the programme then please contact the Traffic Engineering team via the email address [email protected]

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