The first stage of a major scheme to introduce 20mph speed limit restrictions outside schools in the county is set to begin.

Shropshire Council voted to develop the project in September 2020, and now a programme of data collection and feasibility work is set to get under way.

The programme is designed to be put in place where road conditions allow and will help improve both safety and reduce emissions around schools.

The first batch of surveys will commence next week, primarily in the vicinity of secondary schools.

Campaigners say that an accident at 20mph is much less likely to cause death or serious injury than at 30mph.

“We are really pleased to be progressing with this work to introduce 20mph zones outside schools which do not have one already,” said Kirstie Hurst-Knight, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children and education.