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School aiming to teach drivers lesson on speed

Stratford Editorial 23rd Jun, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

DRIVERS are being urged to put the brakes on near a Stratford primary school.

Seen as a rat run by many, the 30mph speed limit on Knight’s Lane in Tiddington is regularly broken by drivers travelling in both directions.

And staff and pupils at Alveston Primary created a ‘walking bus’ to highlight the problem, with youngsters banging drums and carrying banners.

Parent governor Claire Grimes said: “We had a very near miss accident this year involving a swerving speeding car outside the school, so this is a great project to raise awareness of the problem of fast cars around schools.

“Our aim is to give the children a voice and help them tell drivers to slow down and look out for people on foot.

“The road is a general rat run for the area as a whole and our local councillor Kate Rolfe is looking into traffic calming measures including flashing signs and lollipop ladies.”

Although the road is used by many of the nearly 800 NFU Mutual employees based at the insurance company’s nearby head office, the school maintains the staff are not part of the problem, and the company has been very helpful regarding the issue.

A spokeswoman for NFU mutual confirmed the company had been in discussions with the school.

She said: “As a local employer, NFU Mutual shares the concerns about the traffic on Knights Lane. We have reminded our staff members about the speed restriction and the need to act with due care in the area.”

Warwickshire County Council added there was currently the maximum amount of signage in place along the road but urged anyone with concerns about speeding traffic to contact the Highways team on countyhighways@warwickshire.gov.uk or 01926 412515.

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