Gran’s speeding fight

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. (P527C239)
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. (P527C239)

A CAMPAIGNING grandmother’s fight to protect pupils from motorists speeding past a Knottingley primary school is being backed by MP Yvette Cooper.

Lynne Davis - whose two grandchildren attend the Vale J&I School - has received the support of the Pontefract and Castleford MP and Knottingley Coun Graham Stokes in her bid to increase safety measures on Ferrybridge Road outside the school.

The Express reported last month that Mrs Davis was calling for a cut to the 30mph speed limit outside the school to 20mph, and she has since collected 380 signatures on a petition calling for “urgent and positive” action from the police and Wakefield Council.

Mrs Davis, 60, of Cleveland Avenue, Knottingley, said: “I have got the signature of almost every parent at the school, and they have all seen how bad the traffic is on the road.

“I am still fighting for a reduction in speed limit but the petition calls for urgent positive action to be taken by the council or the police before a child’s life is lost.

“We would be happy to have a zebra or pelican crossing or speed bumps, anything that will protect the pupils and parents crossing the road.

“Traffic has greatly increased over the last six years and no-one knows that more than the lollypop lady who has to drag children back from the wheels of cars.”

Mrs Davies said she wrote to the council asking for a meeting with the highways department and handed her petition to Ms Cooper on Tuesday.

Ms Cooper said: “The traffic is a real worry for parents outside the Vale, especially as nights get darker.

“I’ve contacted the police and council officers to urge them to look at ways to make it safer for families coming out of school.”

Coun Stokes also joined the campaign after meeting Mrs Davis last month to discuss her concerns.

He said: “I have met the parents to discuss the problems of parking outside Vale School, it seems to me that the issue is not one that would be solved with a 20mph zone.

“This is a very busy road and really needs the parking problems resolving.”