Kids urge drivers to slow down at Leeds school

Road safety campaigners during a walking bus protest outside St Urban's Primary School, Meanwood
Road safety campaigners during a walking bus protest outside St Urban's Primary School, Meanwood
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CHILDREN walking to school waved placards urging drivers to slow down amid a campaign for speed restrictions in one Leeds suburb.

Campaigners want the roads around Meanwood’s schools restricted to 20mph, and have already taken their fight to the top of Leeds Council.

Road safety campaigners during a walking bus protest outside St Urban's Primary School, Meanwood

Road safety campaigners during a walking bus protest outside St Urban's Primary School, Meanwood

Parts of the suburb lies in the LS17 postcode area, which was named and shamed in yesterday’s Yorkshire Evening Post as the area in Yorkshire with worst drivers, with motorists living in the area receiving more than 1,000 fixed penalty notices for careless driving and speeding.

Mum-of-two Zoe Walker, who heads the campaign with Eileen Bowdin, was with members of the St Urban’s Primary School walking bus yesterday as they waved banners with the words ‘speed kills’ in a bid to get drivers to slow down. The group is also pushing for improvements around Cardinal Heenan High School, speed restrictions on Tongue Lane and Church Lane and a crossing on Church Lane.

Earlier this year, Mrs Walker addressed a meeting of Leeds City Council about the group’s concerns, which were later put to the ruling Executive Board.

“We have since seen very little action to urge drivers to slow down,” Mrs Walker, a member of St Urban’s PTA, said. “Swift action is required as our children’s lives are at risk everyday.”

The group worked with PCSOs to carry out speed tests near the school, and found 20 vehicles breaking the 30mph limit in less than an hour.

The protest saw parents and children gather near a zebra crossing near the school they say if often ignored by speeding drivers. Mrs Walker said: “There was chaos at the crossing, despite the hi-visibility jackets and banners - one driver still only just stopped.”

A Leeds City Council spokeswoman said it had been working to make the area around the two schools as pedestrian-friendly as possible.

A review into whether the road is suitable for a 20mph limit is complete, and it is looking for funds for the scheme within the next two years.

Signs and road markings around the schools have been refurbished and a informal crossing at the Church Lane/Parkside Road mini-roundabout junction should be introduced in the coming year.

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