Three pupils from Ropery Walk Primary School, Seaham, have had their artwork made into road signs after entering a road safety competition.

The signs will raise awareness of the implementation of new 20mph zones around the school by Durham County Council’s ‘Slow to 20 for Safer Streets’ project.

The winning artwork of Kate Mossman, 9, Tyler Healer, 10, and Kai Johnson, 10, is now adorning the streets surrounding the school and will remind motorists to check their speed.

Cllr Brian Stephens, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “Congratulations to Kate, Tyler and Kai on their winning submissions, and to everyone from Ropery Walk Primary School who took part in this competition.

“It is vitally important that drivers know the speed limit, especially around schools, and these amazing artworks will go a long way to advertising the new speed limit and to make drivers extra cautious around our schools.

“The purpose of the 20mph part-time speed limits project is to reduce traffic speeds around the schools during drop off and pick up times, which will help to improve road safety for all road users as well as making walking, cycling and outdoor play more attractive.

“By taking part in our road safety programme in schools children will gain the knowledge and skills they need to enable them to be safer pedestrians and cyclists.”

Durham County Council implements 20mph speed limits around schools and nurseries, as well as providing road safety education, training and publicity, as part of its Schools 20mph Part-Time Speed Limits project.

So far, the council has introduced 20mph speed limits at 65 schools across the county, with a further 22 schools to benefit over the next 18 months.

In addition to the schemes prioritised and funded by the council, Area Action Partnerships (AAP) have also funded a number of 20mph speed limits outside of schools.

As part of the 20mph part-time speed limits project Durham County Council’s Road Safety Team deliver a package of road safety education and training measures.

These include publicity and marketing materials for schools to distribute to parents/carers, resources to support the Junior Road Safety Officer scheme as well as practical training schemes such as the child pedestrian training and bikeability cycle training courses.