Cut speed outside schools

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Children returning to hundreds of Lancashire schools this week will have safer journeys, says the County Council, thanks to more new 20mph speed limits and flashing signs which warn drivers to slow down.

Council Hall has installed new lower limits - which operate only at the start and end of the day - outside 152 schools as part of its programme to introduce 20mph as the normal limit in residential areas and near to schools.

The part-time limits are being brought in at more than 200 schools on roads outside the main residential areas already covered by 20mph limits.

The remainder are awaiting construction or at the public consultation stage and are expected to be completed in the coming months. County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Pedestrians and cyclists are at particular risk if they’re hit by a car and are seven times more likely to die if the collision is at 30mph rather than 20mph.”