New signs and lights urge drivers to slow down outside Sidmouth schools

New signs and lights urging drivers to slow down have been installed on roads near two Sidmouth school sites.

The additions to Vicarage Road and Sidford Road ask motorists to cut their speed from 30mph to 20mph at times the routes are busy with children.

‘Wig-wag’ lights will flash both before and after the school day.

One set has been placed outside the Sidmouth Primary School site in Vicarage Road, while another is on Sidford Road – the main walking route leading to Sidmouth College.

They have been paid for with cash from county councillor Stuart Hughes’ locality budget.

He said: “There have been many concerns raised over the speed of vehicles outside the primary school and Sidmouth College entrances, which are both on the main A375 artery into the town.

“It has been proven in other areas of Devon that these signs, included with the wig-wags, do actually achieve a lesser speed and any reduction has to be welcomed.

“I would ask that motorists do take notice of these new signs and slow down, as doing so will improve road safety for everyone”

Councillor Hughes has also arranged for a 20mph roundel to be painted on Woolbrook Road to highlight the permanent speed limit outside the other school sites.

He has also used locality budget cash to pay for a safety railing at the top of Clayhanger Lane on the A375 – at the rear entrance to Sidmouth College.

Signs and 'wig-wag' lights have been installed in Sidford Road and Vicarage Road.

Signs and ‘wig-wag’ lights have been installed in Sidford Road and Vicarage Road.

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