Brighton schools pilot new 20mph speed limit zones

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Speed limits are to be lowered to 20mph from 30mph around some Brighton schools after concerns were raised by local people about road safety.

The pilot scheme around Stanford Infant and Junior Schools and 15 residential streets surrounding the schools, will begin on 18 January.

The decision came after Brighton and Hove City Council carried out a review of speed limits in the area.

The headteachers of the Stanford schools have welcomed the scheme.

Giovanni Franceschi, headteacher at Stanford Junior School, said: "We have had some near misses around the school and teachers, parents and pupils have all been concerned about safety."

Proposals for a second 20mph pilot scheme, in Portslade, will be considered at council meeting on 24 January.

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