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Slow to 20 for safer streets

We are reducing speed limits from 30mph to 20mph around some of our schools in County Durham.

We are:

  • introducing a range of full-time and part-time 20mph limits or zones on the roads outside and around schools in the county
  • providing road safety education for children including road awareness and safe cycling programmes
  • offering healthy lifestyle initiatives to encourage walking and cycling by the school children and the wider community
  • providing speed awareness initiatives for drivers and the wider community

Why are we doing it?

Reducing traffic speeds around the schools, particularly during drop off and pick up times will improve road safety and help create a safer and healthier community. Lower driving speeds can help:

  • reduce road casualties
  • encourage more people to walk or cycle
  • children to play outside safely and be more active
  • make it less noisy for nearby homes 

By taking part in our road safety programme in schools children will gain the knowledge and skills they need to enable them to be safer pedestrians and cyclists. Children will also help with raising awareness in the community by, for example, producing a newsletter to distribute to local residents.  

Where and when will the part-time 20mph speed limit be in force?

We have installed 'when the lights show' signs to advise that a length of road near to a school entrance should be driven at 20mph or less when the lights are on. The new speed limits will be in place at the beginning and end of the school day and will affect all road users. 

Which schools have 20mph limits?

We have introduced 20mph speed limits outside the following schools:


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  • Regeneration and Local Services
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
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