Pupils’ 20mph plea to drivers

County Councillor Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport and local County Councillor Paul Rigby with pupils from Freckleton CE.

County Councillor Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport and local County Councillor Paul Rigby with pupils from Freckleton CE.

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TWENTY is plenty. That was the message from children at a Freckleton school who have welcomed a new 20mph limit introduced on the town’s residential roads.

A banner displaying the “20’s plenty” message has gone on display on the railings outside Freckleton Church of England Primary School, on School Lane.

There have been concerns raised by parents and teachers about the speeds of some vehicles so the school has been keen to highlight its backing for the new limit.

Rachael Ainsworth, headteacher at Freckleton Church of England Primary School, said: “The safety of our children when crossing the road is extremely important to us and this term all our infant classes have taken part in Right Start pedestrian training, which has included the safe use of pelican and zebra crossings.

“By displaying the banner at our school we hope the message will be spread to drivers.

“Most traffic in Freckleton is created by people who actually live here and if we everyone is willing to make this small change to the way they drive we’ll see the benefit.”

Lancashire County Council is giving schools a package of information on how to teach pupils about road safety and engage parents and the local community to improve safety outside the school gates.

County Coun Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We want driving at 20mph in residential areas and outside schools to become the norm.

“It’s great schools are supporting us to help change drivers’ attitudes and we’ll continue to work with them and the police to convince everybody of the safety benefits.”

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