Road safety

Speed signs 'ineffective' around schools

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Putting up 20mph speed limit signs outside schools without any extra traffic calming measures does not work to slow drivers down, a councillor has warned.

A petition for reduced limits in Ewell Village, Surrey, is underway and during a Mole Valley District Council Local Committee meeting this week one resident asked for more 20mph signs outside schools.

However, councillor Clare Curren said a pilot study involving three Mole Valley three schools from 2014, found they did not work.

She said: "Just having advisory 20mph limit signs just outside schools, albeit with flashing lights, really didn’t influence any driver behaviour."

She said what they have had to do is to allocate additional funding to pay for “quite complex and extensive” engineering work to have any “measurable impact” on safety.

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