Hundreds back petition to make Minsthorpe Lane safe

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Hundreds of people – some from as far afield as Mexico and Singapore – are backing the Express’ petition to make Minsthorpe Lane safe.

Almost 700 people have signed the petition to help readers put pressure on Wakefield Council to introduce a 20mph speed limit on the road where an 11-year-old girl was seriously hurt as she walked to school and an 85-year-old man died after being hit by a skip lorry.

Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett is also backing calls for safety improvements on Minsthorpe Lane.

He said: “The number of signatures in such a short time shows the strength of feeling amongst the local community on this matter.

“I would encourage others to sign it so we can get more than 1000 by next week.

“We need to send a strong message to Wakefield Council’s highway officers that something needs to be done.”

Wakefield Council is trialling 20mph zones in five areas near schools.

Pilot schemes will take place near Havercroft J&I School, South Kirkby’s Stockingate Mill and Common Road J&I Schools, The Vale Primary Academy in Ferrybridge, Ossett Academy and St Ignatius RC School in Ossett and Gawthorpe Academy.

Neil Rodgers, the council’s service director for planning transportation and highways said: “We need to see how well the 20mph zones work in the initial five school pilot locations before we can decide on any further areas.

“The 20mph zones will be in place from the end of February.

“Speed surveys will take place across all sites by end of summer 2015 and we will then analyse the results of this survey.

“After we have reviewed the impact we will then be able to see if this will benefit any other locations, including outside Minsthorpe Community College.”

To sign the petition visit www.change.org/p/wakefield-council-make-minsthorpe-lane-in-south-elmsall-safe-by-introducing-a-20mph-zone-on-the-road