New safety signs installed on road used daily by school pupils
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Long Lane links the village of Seamer and Seamer & Irton Community Primary School and is a single track road that is used by walkers, cyclists, horse riders, the mobility impaired and drivers.
The only quiet lane in North Yorkshire, it was designated in 2009 and means all users must pay special attention to the needs of one another. They aim to improve safety and encourage drivers to respect more vulnerable road users.
However, shared use has led to conflict with inconsiderate drivers, particularly at peak times when drivers go to or from school and work whilst many children are walking and cycling.
New signage 'gateways' have now been installed in the grass verges at each end of Long Lane with the hope of improving safety on the lane.
The project has been mostly funded by £2,980 raised from the Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner’s sale of the Chief Constable’s AJ1 number plate.
Cllr David Jeffels, member for Seamer, helped to fund the scheme from his locality budget. He said: “The local highways team have worked closely with the Parish Council and suggested the gateway features as a way of highlighting the special nature of Long Lane. This is a community asset and we hope that all drivers respect that and share the space safely with other road users.”
Jonathan Wanless, Headteacher at Seamer & Irton Community Primary School, said: “Long Lane is a key access route for our pupils coming from the Crossgates estate to the school at Seamer.
“Most of our pupils live in Crossgates and we actively encourage them to walk, scoot and cycle to and from school each day. It is part of our School Travel Plan and we teach our pupils to cycle safely through the Bikeability scheme each year.
“I am strongly in favour of anything that reduces the congestion around the school and makes the journey to school healthy and safe.”
Seamer Parish Council has invested in Vehicle Activated Signs in Seamer and Crossgates, and with North Yorkshire Police in Community Speed Watch along the B1261, which runs almost parallel to Long Lane.
This means residents at pre-approved sites have radar equipment to record the speed, registration number, colour and make of offending vehicles. Police safety camera vehicle enforcement is also operational in Main Street, Seamer.
Councillor Lynda Wallis, Chairman of Seamer Parish Council, added: “For many years we have had parishioners complaining about the traffic along this lane because we have a lot of dog walkers, cyclists and children coming along here.
“We have tried all sorts of things to rectify this however when the chance came up to do something it was bagged by the highways department. We sincerely hope that the new signs will encourage respectful driving habits so that Long Lane can be safely enjoyed by all road users.”