Signs made by children are working to slow down traffic


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

SPEED signs designed by schoolchildren are successfully slowing down traffic.
That is according to campaigner Dot Basham who has been fighting to improve the safety of St Martins Road, a busy thoroughfare in Gobowen on which an 11-year-old was recently hit by a car.
When she and Lucy Luke, headteacher at Gobowen Primary School, put their heads together to think of a plan they came up with an idea to have the children design new speed signs in the hope they would appeal to drivers' consciences to slow down.
Now 15 have been installed at strategic locations across the village with plenty in areas which see a large number of children such as School Lane.
Mrs Basham, who walks her eight-year-old granddaughter to the school every day, said: “I'm really pleased with them, they really seem to prick drivers’ consciences.
“People seem to be accepting them.
“Most people take it steady but some are still speeding through.”
She said most people were “absolutely great” but there would always be “a minority” who did not heed the warnings.
The campaign became more urgent when Oliver Lloyd, an 11-year-old who lives in the village, was hit by a car while crossing the busy main road.
Dot believes the best way to make sure this does not happen again is to create a new crossing on St Martins Road near the school, an idea which won backing from hundreds of supporters who signed a petition to lobby Shropshire Council.
But the village is still waiting for progress to be made on that front.

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