SID is on patrol as schools’ 20mph bid gathers pace

Calder High students with a speed indicator sign on Midgley Road, Mytholmroyd.'From the left, Stan Gee, 14, Phoebe Parker, 16, Nina Hanvey, 14, Hugo Maguire, 18, Molly Maguire, 16, Rosie Smethurst-Robinson, 13, Frankie Johnson, 13 and Amna Mukhtar, 11.

Calder High students with a speed indicator sign on Midgley Road, Mytholmroyd.'From the left, Stan Gee, 14, Phoebe Parker, 16, Nina Hanvey, 14, Hugo Maguire, 18, Molly Maguire, 16, Rosie Smethurst-Robinson, 13, Frankie Johnson, 13 and Amna Mukhtar, 11.

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A campaign to introduce 20mph zones around schools in the upper Calder Valley is continuing to gather momentum.

The interschool council consisting of members from numerous upper Calder Valley schools wrote to Calderdale Council to outline its concerns about the speed at which vehicles travel on the approaches to and from schools in the area.

As a result, Calderdale Council’s highways team has been out with its speed indicator device (SID) to monitor the speed of vehicles on one of the routes concerned - Midgley Road, Mytholmroyd.

Teacher Jan Healey, from Calder High School, said: “When they put that speed sign up, everybody slowed down.

“It shows that when people see things, they do respond.

“If we had a speed sign there, maybe they would slow down.

“We maybe need to have the police there with the speed guns so people see what the reality is.”

The interschool council is also pressing for yellow footprints to be painted around the schools so children have a safe route to follow away from traffic.

“There are often no pavements in the rural areas,” Jan said.

“We have been looking at painting some lines down the road by the primary schools.“

Another of the interschool council’s aims is to source funding to re-instate a walking bus scheme in the area.