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School pupils from Truro urge drivers to stick to 20mph

School pupils from Truro urge drivers to stick to 20mph

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:18pm 12th March 2019.

Primary school children from Truro are urging drivers not to speed outside their school.

The limit on the road outside Tregolls is 20mph and the children have been making signs, encouraging people to slow down.

Walking and cycling charity Sustrans worked with Cornwall Council and Tregolls School to devise a competition to design-a-sign to remind drivers of the lower speed limit and that they are entering a residential area where children walk and cycle to school.

The result is that the official 20mph zone signing on Chellew Road has been given a colourful boost by the children themselves.

Tregolls pupils - 20mph signs
Children from Tregolls School in Truro have been making signs urging drivers to stick to 20mph

"As a school we want to encourage as many pupils as possible to travel in under their own steam.

"It's good for their well-being, they arrive at school ready to learn and the roads near school become quieter and safer.

"We warmly welcome this initiative, the children's designs help make drivers aware who is likely to be on the roads and pavements; it reminds them they are in a lower speed area and to drive considerately."

Andy Watkins, Head Teacher at Tregolls School

Following a whole school assembly to launch the competition over 90 entries were received and the hard task of judging was undertaken by the school and Sustrans project officer Nick Ratcliffe.

The eventual winning entries were created by Isa (year 6) and Tegan (year 2).

Their designs were made into metal signs and have been installed next to existing 20 mph zone signage either side of Chellew Road on the approach to the school.

Tregolls pupils - 20mph signs
It's to help keep the nearby roads quieter and safer

"We are working with Sustrans to deliver a funded programme promoting walking, cycling and public transport.

"It's important that our children think about and are involved in helping to make sure that the roads around their school are as safe as possible. Initiatives such as this which produce such eye catching results that can be securely fixed to the formal signs are very welcome."

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown

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