Talks on road safety after school accident

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Talks involving county highways officials have already taken place in a bid to improve road safety outside Fylde’s biggest school.

A bid to add further measures to the advisory 20mph limit recently introduced at the beginning and end of the day at Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College have been stepped up following an accident last month which left two 11-year-old students injured.

Motorists parking on double yellow lines have been highlighted as a particular problem, as stressed in last week’s Express by two students who came to the aid of the injured in the recent accident.

The Year Seven boys injured in the collision with a car on Albany Road are now recovering at home and headteacher Philip Wood said: “Representatives of the county’s Safer Travel team and the county highways agency have met with myself and school representatives to consider improvements to road safety outside school and I hope to receive from them some firm proposals in due course.

“The school is also drawing up a strategy for increasing and improving education about road safety.

“In this we are being supported by the Safer Travel team.

“The full strategy will be discussed with the Student Council because getting a student perspective, and their full involvement is going to be really important.”

Mr Wood has stressed that the new advisory lower speed limit is just one of aspect of road safety for which the school has been pressing.

Kerb markings to prevent parking on double yellow lines is among other key features and he added: “It is important we all work together to do everything we can to improve road safety.”

County Council road and transport safety manager Paul Binks said: “We were very sorry to hear of the incident and have already met with the school to discuss the situation.

“We’re currently looking into the options available to further improve safety outside the school.”