Croydon Council has announced that they will be introducing 20mph zones around a number of schools in the borough to improve road safety and encourage more young people to walk to school.
The £200,000 project will encourage drivers to slow down on stretches of road heavily used by pupils, including around Ark Oval, Wolsey, and St Thomas Becket Primary. The restrictions will be limited to certain times of the day, indicated to drivers by electronic signs. A number of new zebra crossings are also being proposed as part of the project.
Most drivers are aware of how the chances of serious injuries to children are significantly reduced by cutting speed. A few, however, either aren’t aware of this or continue to drive significantly above the speed limit regardless and some may not know there’s a school nearby. These zones will act as a reminder to slow down and take more care.
I am delighted that the Council is looking at this - it’s something I have been lobbying them about for some time. Before any of the work is carried out, they will be seeking the views of schools, parents and local residents. I’ll publicise the consultation on my website. When it begins, please do feedback any thoughts or concerns you have.