Speed limit may be cut near Berkhamsted’s Ashlyns School to make it safer for pupils

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A 30mph speed limit will be extended to make it safer for children walking to school after a youth council put pressure on Hertfordshire’s road chiefs.

Members of the organisation commented that it changes to 60mph in Chesham Road, Berkhamsted, just yards from Ashlyns School, which has recently started accepting younger pupils.

Berkhamsted Youth Town Council also raised concerns about the speed limit suddenly switching from 30mph to 60mph in nearby Kingshill Way.

Ashlyns switched from accepting those aged 13 and older to 11 and older in September as part of the town’s transition from providing three- to two-tier education.

There are now an extra 400 students going to and from the site every day.

Herts County Council has now agreed to explore the possibility of extending the 30mph zone on Chesham Road to the roundabout.

The move is part of its plan to encourage more parents and children to walk to school, or to travel their sustainably.

The authority also aims to make it safer for pupils walking to the school from Hilltop Road and St Edmunds by improving the signs in that area.

But transport chiefs say they have no intention of extending the 30mph limit along Kingshill Way.

Spokesman Andrew Dawson said the council had spoken to many groups including Berkhamsted Youth Town Council about how it could be made safer for children to walk to school. He said the authority is now exploring consultation responses to its Speed Management Strategy on appropriate speed limits for roads across the county.