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Lichfield and Burntwood schools not included in 20mph speed limit scheme

20mphsignNo sites in Lichfield or Burntwood have been chosen to take part in the latest stage of an initiative which will see speed limits of 20mph introduced outside schools.

Sixteen locations have been identified by Staffordshire road safety chiefs, including schools in Rugeley and Tamworth.

The new sites follow on from eight schools that were chosen to have the 20mph limit introduced in 2009.

Despite no Lichfield or Burntwood schools being chosen this time around, County Councillor Mike Maryon, Cabinet member for Highways and Road Safety, has said he is keen to introduce the limits to all schools.

However, he admits that the current state of the economy means a mass roll-out cannot be introduced.

Cllr Maryon explained:

“Road safety is a top priority for Staffordshire and this ambitious scheme clearly reflects that view.  Ideally, I would like to roll this system out across the entire county straight away but we have more than 400 schools and are facing incredibly challenging financial times. We are carefully balancing and prioritising the resources that we have to get maximum results for our communities.

“Motorists also have a responsibility to reduce their speed when driving past schools. Residents have told us that they want action on this issue and we have listened.”

Staffordshire’s road safety chief has today revealed the first 16 locations that will launch an ambitious project to get car speeds down to 20mph outside schools.


The scheme builds on the massive success and popularity of a trial project which took place at eight schools across the county during last autumn and winter.


County Councillor Mike Maryon, Cabinet member for Highways and Road Safety, has announced the new list of 16 schools today.


He said: “Road safety is a top priority for Staffordshire and this ambitious scheme clearly reflects that view.


“Ideally, I would like to roll this system out across the entire county straight away but we have more than 400 schools and are facing incredibly challenging financial times. We are carefully balancing and prioritising the resources that we have to get maximum results for our communities.


“Motorists also have a responsibility to reduce their speed when driving past schools. Residents have told us that they want action on this issue and we have listened.”


The electronic speed indication devices will be in use outside the first wave of schools between September and Christmas.


In January, they will be moved on to another 16 schools which will be announced later in the year.


The part time 20mph zones will operate during school run times to protect pupils, but ensure that traffic flows are unaffected when children are in class, and during school holidays.


The schools that will launch the scheme include:


  • The Croft Primary School , Rugeley Road , Armitage
  • Little Aston Primary School , Forge Lane , Little Aston
  • Henry Prince First School, Ashbourne Road , Mayfield
  • Oldfields Hall Middle School, Stone Road , Uttoxeter
  • Wilnecote High School , Tinkers Green Road , Tamworth
  • Glascote Heath Primary School , Silver Link Road , Tamworth
  • St. Luke’s Primary School, New Penkridge Road , Cannock
  • Churchfields Primary School, Sandy Lane , Rugeley
  • Corbett Primary School, Six Ashes Road, Bobbington
  • Cheslyn Hay High and Cheslyn Hay Primary, Saredon Road , Cheslyn Hay
  • St Peter’s Primary School, Church Lane , Hixon
  • Leasowes Primary School, Porlock Avenue , Baswich
  • Hutchinson Memorial First School, Uttoxeter Road, Checkley
  • St Michael’s First School , Rudyard, Leek
  • Ravensmead County Primary School, Old Road, Bignall End
  • Madeley High School, Newcastle Road, Madeley


Staffordshire is already number one in the UK for child road safety. It’s a position achieved through innovative road safety action, including the Walking Bus and Safer Routes to School programmes and a host of education and training projects. The 20mph zone initiative is a continuation of a winning formula.


County Councillor Pat Corfield, whose division includes St Luke’s Primary School, said: “The people of Staffordshire have told us that road safety is of paramount importance to them and we are fully supportive of that.


“I am thrilled that St Luke’s is going to be among the first to be launching this safety boosting 20mph zone. I have received a number of complaints from residents and parents who are concerned that cars are speeding along New Penkridge Road . I’m sure that this scheme will change driver behaviour and encourage motorists to reduce their speed.”


County Councillor Ray Easton , who represents the area that Churchfields Primary School falls into, added: “This initiative gives a crystal clear warning to motorists – slow down. Hit a child at 20mph and they have a chance of surviving – but this drops dramatically by 30mph.”

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