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Second school to benefit from 20mph speed limit

Etherley Lane 20mph limit

Ron Hogg at Etherley lane 20mph scheme launch

A second school is to benefit from a safety campaign which will see a number of part-time 20mph speed limits rolled out across the county.

The lowered speed limit will be introduced outside Etherley Lane Primary School and nursery school in Bishop Auckland on Thursday (15 October).

It is part of Durham County Council's Slow to 20 for Safer Streets campaign, which is aimed at encouraging safer driving and promises to deliver a range of benefits to pupils and the wider community.

Ron Hogg, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, has backed the 20mph scheme since the outset. Ron is working with partners to improve road safety across County Durham and Darlignton, which is one of the key areas he is focussing on in his Police and Crime Plan 2015-17.

The latest speed limit comes after Cabinet last year agreed to introduce part-time 20mph limits on main and feeder roads near 33 schools in the county where accident rates are double the average, with 13 being rolled out this year and 20 in 2016.

The limits operate during peak drop-off and pick-up times.

Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Ever since I was elected I have supported 20mph zones and I have engaged with the county council to make sure that we get this implemented. It is vitally important that partners work together to help to protect pedestrians and help to keep our roads and streets safe.”

John Reed, head of the council’s technical services, said that he hoped the measure would lead to a lowering of what was a nationally low casualty rate. 

Posted on Thursday 15th October 2015
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