Angry grandmother’s speed campaign

Grandmother Lynne Davis is concerned about pupils safety outside the Vale School in Ferrybridge after seeing cars break the speed limit on the 30mph road. She is calling for the council to lower the speed limit to 20mph. (P527D239)
Grandmother Lynne Davis is concerned about pupils safety outside the Vale School in Ferrybridge after seeing cars break the speed limit on the 30mph road. She is calling for the council to lower the speed limit to 20mph. (P527D239)

A CONCERNED grandma says children’s lives are being put at risk by motorists speeding past a Knottingley primary school.

Lynne Davis – whose grandchildren Trenyce and Jensen attend the Vale J&I School – is fighting to cut the 30mph speed limit on Ferrybridge Road outside the school to 20mph to protect pupils.

Mrs Davis, 60, of Cleveland Avenue, Knottingley, said: “There is not one parent at this school that would not support a reduction in the speed limit.

“I have heard some horrific stories about children being dragged out of the way by their parents or the lollypop lady, missing the front of speeding cars by a matter of yards.

“One parent told me that her door was hit while she stood next to it trying to get her child out of the car.

“Something has to be done before someone is killed. I’ve been told parents have complained numerous times but it’s just like bashing your head against a brick wall. I’m at the end of my tether.

“I am encouraging other grandparents and parents to write letters to the council to campaign for action.

“As the traffic increases, the more dangerous this road becomes.”

Mrs Davies said she had called the council and would write to local MPs to try to reduce the speed limit.

She added: “A limit of 15mph would be lovely but I would be happy with any reduction. I’ve been told speed bumps would be an unlikely solution because it is the main road into Ferrybridge.”

Keith Bloomfield, Wakefield Council’s service manager for traffic and transportation, said: “Motorists who break the speed limit face being fined and receiving points on their licence and more importantly they are putting themselves and the lives of road users at risk.

“We regularly monitor all roads in the district for any incidents and our team visit all schools to highlight the importance of road safety.

“I urge anyone driving near a school to be especially careful.”