Speed limit change on the way on road where Harrison Carlin, 15, died
THE speed limit is set to be lowered on a road where a teenager from Hucknall lost his life.
Harrison Carlin was 15 when he was hit by a car as he cycled along Forest Lane, Papplewick, in July on the way to play football with his friends.
The road currently has a speed limit of either 30mph or 60mph.
The proposal is for the 30mph section to be extended, and the 60mph section to be reduced to 50mph.
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The move has been welcomed by Harrison's former friends at the National Academy, in Hucknall, where he was a pupil.
Jack Chaplin and Corey Paylin founded a "Put Things Right" campaign to raise money for a speed-measuring sign on the road and have also campaigned to have speed limits changed and raise awareness of road safety.
Jack, a year 10 pupil, said: "This road is very dangerous, which is why we want the speed limit changed. We need to prevent lives being lost."
Pupils from the school held a series of special assemblies last week to mark Road Safety Awareness Week and held a high-visibility clothing day on Friday to raise awareness of road safety.
Corey, also in year 10, said children and teachers had made a big effort to wear high-visibility clothing.
He added: "The support has been brilliant."
The pair are also planning to take their road safety message to primary schools in the area.
Corey said: "We need younger people to realise the danger of main roads."
John Edwards, principal of the school, said speed limits on the road needed changing. "The speed limit goes from 30 to 60mph at the moment and there's nothing in between," he said.
He added: "I'm not going to say 'don't cycle' – but there are risks and the more children can be aware, the better."
The proposals include an extension of street lighting on the road, which automatically extends the length of the 30mph zone
Notts County Council is consultating over the plans but hopes to introduce the changes by April next year.
Suzanne Heydon, group manager for highway safety at the council, said: "The Government asked all Highways Authorities to look at speed limits on all the county's A and B classified roads and at the same time to look at speed limits in Nottinghamshire villages.
"As a result of these one-off studies, it was decided to prioritise the introduction of new speed limits in Forest Lane."
Ben Marshall, of Blacksmith's Court, Papplewick, is chairman of the Put Things Right campaign and taught at Harrison Carlin's primary school, Hillside.
The 28-year-old said: "It's great to see everyone uniting and saying we need to do something about it.
"The proposals are a great first step to making the roads safer.
"We'd like to add our thanks to those who made this happen.
"I think it's absolutely fantastic but there may be cause in future to reduce it further."
Harrison's school suffered a second tragedy in September this year when 12-year-old Jeffrey Townley died after a collision with a van in Linby Road, Hucknall.
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