New sign to improve road safety

Joseph Bulmer

Road safety improvement outside Barnstaple primary school

A FLASHING warning sign has been installed to improve safety for children and parents at a Barnstaple primary school.

The electronic interactive signs in Landkey Road are designed to slow down traffic outside Newport Community School by advising drivers travelling faster than the 30mph speed limit to “SLOW DOWN”.

During school times, they will also show an image of the children crossing warning sign. Throughout the rest of the day the sign will display the speed limit.

Devon county councillor for Barnstaple South, Cllr Chris Haywood, helped fund the project from his County Committee Locality Budget.

“This is one of Barnstaple’s busiest arteries and cars are persistently travelling faster than they should along this road,” he said.

“This sign will hopefully deter people from speeding and as the main entrance to the infant school is on this main road it will make it safer for children on their journey to school.

“The flashing signs trigger something with people, more so than a traditional speed limit sign, and it will make a difference.”

Interactive signing has been used successfully in a number of areas of the county to reduce crashes and encourage safer speeds.

Cllr Stuart Hughes, the council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “This is another example of how School Travel Plans can identify problems for children on their journey to school and allow us to introduce effective measures to improve their safety.

“Flashing interactive signs are an effective method of reducing traffic speed as well as preventing collisions. While these signs are not an enforcement tool, they serve as a powerful reminder to motorists.”

Newport Community School Headteacher Andy Cotton added: “We are delighted to see these new signs in place to calm the speed of vehicles outside the school, which will go some way to remind motorists travelling towards the school of their responsibility both towards the children and the community of Newport.”