Slow to 20 4Children are safer outside eight more County Durham schools following moves to reduce the speed of passing motorists.

Twenty mile per hour (mph) part-time speed limits have been introduced outside two schools at Stanley – East Stanley Primary and North Durham Academy, as part of Durham County Council’s Slow to 20 for Safer Streets project.

Twenty mile per hour part-time speed limits have also been rolled out at six in Seaham, namely Seaview Primary, Seaham School of Technology, New Seaham Academy, Westlea Primary, St Cuthberts RCVA Primary, and Seaham Trinity Primary.

The project is seeing 20 mph part-time speed limits brought in outside an initial 33 schools across the county during drop off and pick up times.

Cllr Brian Stephens, the council’s portfolio holder for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “We are delighted to continue to add more schools to this important road safety initiative.

“With the invaluable support of the local schools and the wider community, we are getting the important message out that drivers need to ‘slow to 20 for safer streets’.”

The Slow to 20 for Safer Streets project will provide road safety education for children to encourage walking and cycling.

It will also provide speed awareness initiatives for drivers and the wider community.

For more information visit www.durham.gov.uk/slowto20