Pupil designs winning sign promoting new 20mph zone in Whitton

Release Date: 17 July 2017

A sign designed by a year 5 budding artist from Nelson Primary School, has been selected as the winner of a poster competition highlighting the new 20mph on a Whitton road.

Around 300 pupils from classes at two schools took part in a competition to design the sign promoting the new 20mph zone on Nelson Road, Whitton.

The new zone is on Nelson Road, between Constance Road and the High Street junction. This also includes all cul-de-sacs off Nelson Road between these two points.

This follows on from the safety works undertaken last summer and is intended to complement the existing safety measures in place.

The lower speed limit will improve safety for all users of the roads and will increase driver awareness on approach to the two schools, Nelson and St Edmunds.

To lower the limit, the new 20mph signage, designed by Megan MacArthur, will be installed on both sides of the road at the two entry points on Nelson Road. In addition, 20 roundel markings will be painted on the carriageway throughout the zone. 

Cllr Peter Buckwell, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Street Scene, presented the young artist with their award at a surprise assembly at the school this morning, 17 July 2017. He said:

“Congratulations to Megan for her fantastic design. All the entries were very good and it was a hard decision which one to pick.

“We will now use this as a design for the 20mph signage in the Nelson Road area.

“Nelson Road struggles with heavy traffic volumes during peak hours. And, following public consultation we received a very clear result. I am pleased that we have been able to design a scheme that will hopefully make the area safer for drivers, cyclists and also for pedestrians, including the children travelling to and from school. 

“We hope that improving safety levels will encourage people to leave their cars at home and travel instead by bike or on foot.”

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Updated: 31 July 2017