Reblogged with thanks from Get Surrey and reported by Amy Taylor
Tom Doolan, who was on a gap year placement from Australia, was killed when he was struck by two vehicles in November 2011.
Two years after a teacher was killed by a car on the road outside a school, an Addlestone speed change campaign has finally succeeded.
Tom Doolan, an Australian gap year teacher on a placement at St George’s College in Weybridge Road, died from his injuries after being struck by two motorists in quick succession in November 2011.
St George’s announced on Monday that the speed campaign, which was launched in full after Mr Doolan’s death but has been an aim of the school for more than a decade, had been completed.
New speed limit signs have now been unveiled along the A317 from Chertsey Roundabout to Weybridge.
Headteacher at St George’s College, Joe Peake, said it had been a joint aim of parents, residents of Woburn Hill, where Mr Doolan was killed, and local businesses to raise awareness of the need for a lower speed on what he called a ‘dangerous stretch of road’.
At the time of the accident, when he renewed his appeal for the speed limit to be changed, Mr Peake called on Surrey County Council to make it a priority, calling failure to do so ‘an abrogation of responsibility, a disregard for child welfare and a completely erroneous judgement of the huge variation of the speeds at which cars approach the roundabout’.
On Monday, he said: “After some years of highlighting our concerns about the speed limit outside the school, the death of a young Australian gap teacher finally convinced us that it was time to press as hard as possible for a reduction in the speed limit.
“We are grateful to the responsiveness of councillors, the Runnymede Local Committee and Surrey County Council, and we hope that the enforcement of this speed limit will lead to a safer and improved environment for our children, local residents and businesses.”
Tony Hunt, contract manager at Gavin Jones landscaping in Woburn Hill, was one of the business representatives on the committee who met to push forward the speed limit change.
He welcomed the news and the example of the community coming together, saying: “Our views were that 50 miles an hour was too fast. All our customers and suppliers are trying to get in and out. We are hoping to see a difference in the near future.”