Green light for new 20mph zone near three Leeds schools

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SPEED limits near three schools in east Leeds are set to be slashed - and other new traffic restrictions brought in - as Leeds edges closer to becoming a pedestrian-friendly city.

An area of Seacroft which takes in Grange Farm Primary, Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary and the David Young Academy will see new 20mph zones brought in.

The speed reduction - covering the Barncrofts, Boggarts Hill, the Monkswoods and the Ramsheads - is part of a range of measures which could be introduced after concerns were raised about pedestrian safety and inconsiderate parking leading to obstructions.

A report just signed off by highways bosses at Leeds council authorises the drawing up of detailed designs for a traffic regulation order and new traffic calming measures,

“The roads in the area would suit a 20mph zone as child pedestrian activity is high in the area,” the report says.

“This would align with Leeds City Council’s ambition to introduce a 20mph speed limit on all residential streets in the city, concentrating initially on areas around schools with higher child pedestrian activity and high accident record”.

The report adds that locals have “expressed concerns regarding vehicular parking on Barncroft Rise, which causes obstruction of the highways and driveways”.

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