At Fenland's Area Joint Committee last week, final agreement was given to a trial 20mph speed limit in the Drybread Road/Teal Road area. It is quite a large area and needs to be because just introducing a speed limit along Drybread Road would lead to Teal Road becoming a rat run.
I have been trying to get the speed limit outside of the school lowered for a few years - in fact I recall that Alderman Jacobs School tried unsuccessfully to get it included when they joined the Safer Routes to Schools programme a few years ago.
One of the claims of those objecting to the plan is that at peak times it is impossible to do 20mph around the school. That is true to a degree, but the nature of schools, and especially extended schools, means that children are entering and leaving the premises over a much wider time span; because of breakfast clubs and out of school clubs and the like. Children need to be protected at all of these times.
The evidence says that the very presence of a 20mph limit reduces overall speed and, in the case of accidents, the lower the speed, the lower the chance of a fatality. Whilst there is not a serious accident record in this area, there have been accidents, including one serious.
I would also point out that there were 750 leaflets distributed around the area and only 12 responses (the Cambs Times are wrong here, there was an update at committee), half of these responses were against the reduced limit). 6 out of 750 is less than one percent.
It will be interesting to see the results of the trial.