A SPEED reduction outside all Flintshire schools “will save lives”, community leaders said.
The announcement of 20mph speed limit zones to be introduced outside every school in the county has been welcomed by parents and councillors.
They believe the reduction could prevent a child being killed.
Work on the ambitious project, headed by deputy council leader Cllr Bernie Attridge, is to begin immediately.
Flintshire Council is anticipating the work will take place over the next two years at about 50 schools in the county which currently do not have the speed reduction in place.
Providing each school with 20mph signs will cost the council about £50,000.
Cllr Attridge said he is delighted at the move.
“I’m so pleased I am able to announce the introduction of 20mph speed limits outside every school across Flintshire,” he said.
“I believe the action we are taking will save lives.”
This sentiment has been echoed by Buckley councillor Carol Ellis, who has also welcomed the decision.
“There are two schools in my ward – Southdown Primary School and Elfed High School,” she said.
“I’m very pleased because both the schools have issues with speeding, so I welcome the reduction. I think it will save lives.
“If a child was hit at 20mph – as opposed to 30mph or 40mph – the chance of survival is much greater.”
Parent Joanna Butler, who has previously raised concerns about speeding traffic near schools, said the speed cap will only work if it is enforced properly.
Mother-of-three, Ms Butler, of Cross Tree Lane, Hawarden, said the introduction would act as a deterrent to speeding drivers.
“The children go to school and cross the road on their bikes and scooters and they have no sense of danger,” she said.
Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant has described the announcement as fantastic news for Flintshire.
He added: “This pledge shows Flintshire is leading the way on road safety and is listening to residents’ concerns.”