Speed limit cut confirmed outside Doncaster secondary school

Possibly the youngest ever Doncaster councilllor, Rachel Hodson, 23, who took the Thorne Ward for Labour. Picture: Marie Caley D2414MC
Possibly the youngest ever Doncaster councilllor, Rachel Hodson, 23, who took the Thorne Ward for Labour. Picture: Marie Caley D2414MC

Councillors have welcomed plans to reduce the speed limit outside a secondary school following concerns from the public.

Doncaster Council is planning to reduce the speed limit outside Outwood Academy from 30mph to 20mph.

A letter sent to councillors said: “The council is undertaking a review of speed limits outside schools across the borough.

“The process has determined that Outwood Academy would benefit from a permanent reduction of the existing speed limit covering the access of Tenter Balk Lane.”

Adwick and Carcroft Councillor Rachel Hodson said councillors and the public had been concerned about the current speed limit.

“There’s been two incidents where cars have hit students in the last academic year. In both incidents the students were very lucky.

“Anything that helps improve road safety is welcome.”

One pupil was hit in January just outside the school, which is on the A638 in Adwick. Another was hit in November 2015.

Associate Executive Principal Carolyn Blundell welcomed the plan on Twitter, writing that it was ‘excellent news’.

Deputy Mayor Coun Glyn Jones said: “A four-year programme, that will be completed in early 2017, will see speed reduction measures introduced outside all schools. The measures have been tailored to suit each school in order to improve safety around the entrances to schools. The safety of our children is a top priority.”