CHILDREN at a school in Bowling Bank will be safer after the introduction of a 30mph speed limit on the Holt to Cross Lanes link road.
Plans for the new restriction have been put together by Wrexham Council's traffic section and come after Wrexham MP Ian Lucas wrote to head teachers in his constituency earlier in the year, asking them what problems they were having with traffic.
One of the replies was from St Paul's School in Bowling Bank on the B5130 road, which is often very busy due to its close proximity to the Wrexham Industrial Estate.
The school's governors and headteacher, Helen Pritchard, and Isycoed Community Council were concerned about the 60mph speed limit nearby and the potential for accidents. They wanted a 30mph limit introduced on the road near the school and Mr Lucas has been backing their calls for several months.
The MP held a meeting with Wrexham Council's chief transportation and engineering officer Rob Wilkinson earlier this month at Bowling Bank to discuss the issue.
Mr Lucas, who is a member of the Transport Select Committee, said: 'I have been concerned about the traffic situation near schools for some time and have campaigned hard on this issue. Last month, I backed Transport 2000 and the Barnardo's charity in their call for measures to ensure the safety of children on our roads and the issue is one which the Transport Select Committee have also taken a real interest in.
'St Paul's school was one of many which contacted me after I asked them to let me know of their concerns. I was pleased to meet with Rob Wilkinson about the issue and I am delighted that a 30mph speed limit will be brought in near the school. This should help keep the children of St Paul's safer on our roads.'
Mrs Pritchard said: 'We're very pleased with the way things have worked out. The governors have been trying to get something done for quite a while and Ian Lucas has been very supportive. We had a productive meeting with Rob Wilkinson and we hope the new speed limit will be introduced by next September.
'We do monitor the school gates extremely closely and thankfully there have been no accidents, but the cars pass by very fast. The reduction in the speed limit can only be a good thing for the safety of the children and the parents.'