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20 MPH Zones

January 10, 2010

Proposals to allow Local Authorities to put in place 20 mph schemes over groups of streets without the need for traffic calming measures such as speed humps were announced in December by Road Safety Minister Paul Clark.

The Government is encouraging local councils to introduce 20 mph schemes into residential streets and other roads where cycle and pedestrian traffic is high, such as around schools, shops and parks. 

In the past, councils wanting to implement 20 mph schemes on groups of roads  have had to do so in ‘zones’ which require traffic calming measures such as speed humps. 20 mph limits without traffic calming were only recommended on individual roads.

However, following a successful city-wide trial in Portsmouth which suggested it is possible to significantly reduce speeds on residential streets without speed humps or other traffic calming measures, the Department for Transport plans to allow 20mph limits to be used across more streets where traffic speeds are already low without the need for such measures.

Source: www.airso.org.uk

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