New moves to reduce speeding cars outside schools

New signs being put outside County Durham schools.
New signs being put outside County Durham schools.
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Children should be safer outside eight more County Durham schools following moves to reduce the speed of passing motorists.

Twenty mile an hour part-time speed limits are now being rolled out at six schools in Seaham.

Seaview Primary, Seaham School of Technology, New Seaham Academy, Westlea Primary, St Cuthbert's RC Primary, and Seaham Trinity Primary, are all taking part in the scheme.

The limits have also been introduced outside East Stanley Primary and North Durham Academy.

These schools are the latest in Durham County Council’s Slow to 20 for Safer Streets project, which has seen 20 mph part-time speed limits brought in outside an initial 33 schools across the county during drop off and pick up times.

Coun Brian Stephens, the council’s portfolio holder for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “We are delighted to continue to add more schools to this important road safety initiative.

“With the invaluable support of the local schools and the wider community, we are getting the important message out that drivers need to slow to 20 for safer streets.”

The Slow to 20 for Safer Streets project will provide road safety education for children to encourage walking and cycling and will also provide speed awareness initiatives for drivers and the wider community.

For more information visit www.durham.gov.uk/slowto20.