Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse has welcomed
the publication of a new guide aimed at improving road safety
around rural schools.
''Safer Journeys for Rural Schools is part of the rural
schools road safety programme - a series of initiatives to
improve safety outside rural schools - and is a further
milestone in the government's implementation of the Safer
''We all share responsibility for improving road safety and
this new guide will be a great resource for rural communities
who want to ensure their journeys to and from school are as
safe as possible.
The publication of the Safer Journeys rural schools guide is
the second of a three-step programme.
The Government has already introduced a trial of variable
speed limit signs to reduce the speed of traffic past schools
where there is an identified pedestrian safety risk.
This trial involves more than 20 schools and ends in July
The final step of the programme will use the rural schools
guide to assess the degree of road safety risk around all
rural schools and identify actions needed to improve safety
at the highest risk schools.