Signs the limit for Ipswich pupils

CHILDREN at an Ipswich school are celebrating today after speed warning signs were put in place outside their building.Rose Hill Primary School is situated on the busy Derby Road and parents had growing concerns about the welfare of their children.

CHILDREN at an Ipswich school are celebrating today after speed warning signs were put in place outside their building.

Rose Hill Primary School is situated on the busy Derby Road and parents had growing concerns about the welfare of their children.

Headteacher Simon Phillips said: "There have been incidents when cars have had to stop really quickly and screeched to a halt.

"Parents really have been quite well organised, forming a petition to the road safety team which helped bring the scheme through."

The warnings were introduced during half term with signs in place since then.

Mr Phillips added: "I think it has made a difference. Any small steps should have a knock on effect."

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Children at the school will monitor the impact of the signs by recording cars speeds over the coming weeks, they will then compare these with readings taken before half term.

Mr Phillips said: "Before half term children tracked the speed of cars.

"Some were coming over the bridge at more than 30mph.

"With the site not everyone is aware that we are a school. The new bridge has made traffic faster if anything."

County road safety officer Mike Motteram said: "We have not actually put in new speed limits at this school, we are just trying to raise awareness.

"We were getting speed reading in the late twenties and want to encourage drivers to reduce their speeds and make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

"This is part of a large scale public campaign with adverts in newspapers.

"We have got seven schools in Ipswich with particular concerns where we are considering reducing speed limits. We will be looking at these later in the year."

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