A School Safety Zone (SSZ) is an area close to the school gate which aims to improve the perception of safety in the area whilst attempting to improve traffic conditions.
In most SSZs where a school lies in a 30mph speed limit area, an advisory 20mph speed limit will be introduced at school pick-up and drop-off times. Advisory flashing lights will warn people using the road of the 20mph limit.
SSZs also aim to provide a similar ‘identity’ for the roads outside a school. When approaching drivers see the combination of signs and lines, they will immediately recognise their meaning and react accordingly.
Schools are prioritised based on a number of factors, including the accident history around the school, vehicle speeds outside the school and how active the school is in supporting Travelwise initiatives and developing its School Travel Plan.
School Safety Zones and local residents
The SSZ will not involve any major road works or layout changes so disruption is kept to a minimum during construction.
Where 20mph limits are advised this should act to reduce the number of vehicles travelling at inappropriate speeds, helping to create a safer environment for all road users.