Formby Labour Action Team works to make roads around our schools

Formby Labour Action Team's Tom Donnelly and Harington Ward Labour Councillor Nina Killen near Woodlands Primary School

 

Formby Labour Action Team is working to make the roads around two popular Formby schools safer.

Twenty-miles-per-hour restrictions were recently installed on roads throughout Formby.

Among roads excluded from the restrictions were Liverpool Road, Altcar Road, Church Road, Southport Road and Woodlands Road.

Parents who have children at Woodlands and Trinity St Peter's have contacted Formby Labour Action Team calling for the speed restrictions to be introduced around their schools.

Harington Ward Labour Councillor, Nina Killen, whose own children attend Trinity St Peter's, has backed the call.

Cllr Killen said: "The aim of reducing the speed of vehicles on Formby's roads was to make the area safer. But after a comprehensive consultation exercise with residents, the decision was made to exclude a number of roads that are considered main roads within the town.

"Therefore, Southport Road and Woodlands Road were both excluded.

"But I have since been contacted by a growing number of parents who have asked me why it isn't 20mph around Woodlands or Trinity St Peter's.

"What I have since been working on is to get interactive flashing 20mph signs installed outside both schools to make the walk to school for pupils and parents a lot safer."

Cllr Killen is now working to get funding to pay for the signs.

Cllr Killen said: "These interactive signs are expensive, and as we all know, money in Sefton is very tight. 

"So we are currently working on sourcing funds to convert the stretch of roads nearest to the school from 30mph to 20mph and for the installation of the flashing signs.

"This is something that is needed and we are determined to make sure it happens sooner rather than later."

Formby Labour Action Team's Tom Donnelly said the speed limit should be 20mph around all schools.

Tom said: "Many of our roads throughout Formby have been made 20mph in an effort to make them safer.

"But for those schools on roads that have been excluded, I would like to see the speed limit reduced on the stretch of road nearest to the school.

"I have seen parents struggling to get their children across the road in between cars shooting along. It is particularly hazardous because of the number of cars on the roads during the peak hours during the school opening and closing times.

"If we want more children to walk to school for health and environmental reasons as well as to ease pressure on our roads, we need to make our roads safer."

 

Formby Labour Action Team's Tom Donnelly and Harington Ward Labour Councillor Nina Killen near Woodlands Primary School