Edinburgh 10th worst UK city for school road safety

Edinburgh is in the top ten for road safety accidents near schools. Picture: TSPL

Edinburgh is in the top ten for road safety accidents near schools. Picture: TSPL

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EDINBURGH has one of the highest rates in Britain for deaths and serious injuries on roads around schools, according to research published today.

The Capital was tenth worst, with an average of 4.2 such casualties among children and adults per school over the five-year period between 2006 and 2011. It was also tenth worst for collisions, with an average of 32 per school over the same period.

The figures were compiled by Axa Insurance by dividing the number of casualties which occurred within a third of a mile of schools by the number of schools in a city.

They said these would “help parents better understand the risks associated with the roads around their local schools to keep their children safe”.

Siobhan MacMahon, campaigns officer of road safety charity Brake, said: “Reducing vehicle speeds can make a massive difference to the safety of kids on foot and riding bikes.”

Edinburgh City Council said there had been no child road deaths around schools for six years and it is considering closing nearby streets when pupils arrived and left.