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Calls demanding 20mph limits near schools backed by Solihull MP

Solihull Editorial 18th Feb, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

CALLS demanding 20mph speed limits near borough schools have been backed by a Solihull MP.

Julian Knight has been putting pressure on Solihull Council to take stronger action to ensure the safety of children on school roads by making them more pedestrian friendly and reducing speed limits.

According to the national road charity Brake, 20mph limits have a wide range of benefits with the signs alone helping to reduce speeds by a minimum of 1mph, across the UK, seeing the amount of collisions fall by six per cent.

The charity also found where limits were backed by public awareness and enforcement campaigns speed reductions could be as much as 4mph, seeing the number of crashes fall by almost a quarter.

Dr Tom Fisher, Brake’s research manager, said ultimately, we would like to see 20mph become the default urban speed limit in the UK.

A Solihull Council spokesman said they had finished trialling 20mph speed limits outside schools and in residential areas.

The limits were put in place on North Arran Way and around five schools in the borough during term time.

A report on the pilot is due to be delivered for a decision by the cabinet member for transport and highways in April.

He said the use of 20mph limits in Solihull would be considered based on the outcome of the report and any future proposals would be subject to their relative priority to other schemes.

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