We’re backing our readers’ calls for road safety action

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We are backing our readers’ calls to make Minsthorpe Lane safe for pedestrians and motorists.

Almost 750 people have signed the petition to help readers to 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.

This week the Express has stepped up the campaign by launching petition posters at three locations in the area.

People can now sign the petition at Minsthorpe Community College, the Westfield Centre and MP Jon Trickett’s office at Moorthorpe railway station.

Ray Henshaw, Minsthorpe Community College principal, said: “The college is pleased to see that so many people have now signed the petition and we look forward to seeing the results of the trial 20mph zones that have been introduced near other schools in the district.

“A speed limit is only part of the solution: Minsthorpe Lane needs another pelican crossing further down the hill and students themselves have to exercise good road sense and not take unnecessary risks when crossing the lane.”

Each week, 2,000 Minsthorpe Community College students use the road which currently has a speed limit of 30mph, speed cameras and a pelican crossing.

Dave Nichols, spokesman for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “It’s great that so many people in the community feel passionate about road safety and are backing this important campaign by the Express.

“Families are realising that 20mph limits are a proven, cost-effective way of making community streets safer.

“It’s up to Wakefield Council to listen to these concerns and take action so all residents can walk and cycle to school, work or play, without fear of being knocked down by fast traffic.”

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