Police tackle Braunton school run traffic

PCSO Andy Frisby with Southmead School pupils as they take turns with a speed gun during a two day police operation to tackle school run traffic problems. PCSO Andy Frisby with Southmead School pupils as they take turns with a speed gun during a two day police operation to tackle school run traffic problems.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
9:13 AM

Notorious black spot at Wrafton Road comes under the microscope in two day police operation.

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A notorious Braunton school run has been the subject of a two day police operation to tackle traffic problems.

Parking chaos and speeding along Wrafton Road were among concerns raised by worried parents, prompting a strong police presence on Thursday and Friday during the busy morning and afternoon.

Organised by PCSO Andy Frisby, the focus was on monitoring the speed of traffic at the ‘pinch points’ between Southmead Primary School and Braunton Academy, as well as educating road users on the need to stick to the advisory 20mph limit during school run times.

The survey recorded an average of 200 vehicles using the road during the busy pick up and drop off times, peaking at 222 on Friday morning.

Pupils from both schools joined the police to take part, as did parking enforcement officers from North Devon Council, Community Speedwatch volunteers, some Braunton parish councillors and Devon County Highways.

One ticket was issued for parking on double yellow lines and around 20 vehicles moved on, but PCSO Frisby said on the whole drivers had been well behaved and the operation welcomed by parents.

“We have been very visible, but the main thing was to be seen and to educate people,” he said.

“A lot of those using the road are doing 25 to 30mph, and when you have a lot of children coming out at school time, it’s quite possibly an accident waiting to happen. We’d like to see the limit down at 10mph if we could.”

The information will now be collated by the county council, which will work with the police to look at what traffic calming measures might be installed.

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