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20mph limits to be introduced outside Rochdale schools

Friday 25th March 2011

Proposals to introduce 20mph speed limits and zones outside all but two schools in Rochdale have been approved (Rochdale Online).

In October 2009 a decision was made at a council meeting to introduce a 20mph speed limit on all roads outside the 81 schools in the borough. But currently there are only 36 with 20mph speed zones, with another two due for completion, leaving 43 schools which are located either in residential areas or fronting classified roads.

On 21 March a report presented to councillors at a cabinet meeting recognised that it would be ‘impractical’ to introduce the reduced speed limits outside two of the schools; one on an un-made lane, and the other located just off a dual carriage way.

According to the Rochdale Online report, part time 20mph speed zones will be controlled with amber corner flashers controlled by a central computer.

Schools in residential areas will be subject to 20mph zones with traffic calming features such as flat top and round top speed humps. These zones will be restricted to an area outside the school entrances.

Click here to read the full Rochdale Online report.


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I am all in favour of 20 mph limits around schools and am aware that all towns may have a blanket cover imposed in next few years, but i have never liked the idea of passive calming by road humps of cushions, particularly dangerous to two wheeled scooters or motorcyclists.

They have just limited 12 streets in a block near to Blackpool town centre. Most end on a road with an infants/ junior school on but is that road covered by such a 20 mph limit...... no its not! Where's the sense in that?

And the humps and cushions are too high, definitely above the recommended height specification and definitely above that height recommended by the Inst of Highway Engineers, Are those guys ever consulted about what may constitute a danger to other road users.... I think not.

I am going to have them rip it all up and start again. What a waste of taxpayers money.
Bob Craven, Lancs

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