Miliband backs 20mph Dearne speed limits

A CAMPAIGN for lower speed limits near Dearne Valley schools has been backed by Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Doncaster North MP Mr Miliband joined Doncaster Central representative Rosie Winterton in backing the Don Valley’s Caroline Flint in her quest for more 20mph zones.

Ms Flint said: “The backing of Ed Miliband and Rosie Winterton for this campaign is a huge boost.  

“Now in addition to numerous schools and parish councils, parents know they can count on the continued support of all three Doncaster MPs to persuade the Mayor to sit up and listen.”

Mr Miliband, whose constituency includes Mexborough, said: “I'm delighted to back the campaign for lower speed limits near schools.

“It’s proven that 20mph zones help reduce the number of accidents.

“The parents and headteachers I’ve contacted in my constituency are also very supportive of the campaign.

“They agree it makes no sense to wait until a serious accident occurs — action should be taken now to reduce speed limits.”

Ms Winterton added: “There are more than 2,000 20mph zones and to ask for lower speed limits near schools is a sensible request.

“I believe parents see this as a positive step.”

The MPs have written all of the schools in their constituencies seeking their views on reducing speed limits near schools.  

So far, Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies has refused to agree to reduce speed limits near schools, arguing it is a waste of resources.