City-wide 20mph speed limits a step closer for Winchester

Easton Road and others in Winnall will be subject to a 20mph scheme passed by a city council traffic committee, which also includes Highcliffe

Easton Road and others in Winnall will be subject to a 20mph scheme passed by a city council traffic committee, which also includes Highcliffe

First published in News

CITY-wide 20mph speed limits came a step closer to reality on Monday (February 25).

At a traffic committee meeting, and following public consultation, civic chiefs gave the go ahead for a scheme in Highcliffe and Winnall.

City Councillor Brian Collin, also county councillor for the area, has long championed 20mph limits for Winchester.

He said: “I'm delighted to support this scheme and I attended the county executive member's decision day when consultation on these schemes received his approval and I spoke in favour of it then.”

In January Mel Kendal, deputy county council leader and executive member for environment and transport, said: “If these schemes are to be successful and have the potential for being introduced in other areas, it is essential for us to establish that we have the support of local people for implementing 20mph speed restrictions.”

Public consultation was seen as vital because the project depends on residents respecting the limits.

Since police are unlikely to be able to divert resources to enforce them, volunteers to monitor motorists' speeds are also crucial.

Cllr Collin said: “We've had a volunteer from the area to manage the Community SpeedWatch programme and volunteers for the team are reaching critical mass.”

The Chronicle reported last year that county chiefs have earmarked £200,000 for ten schemes in residential areas across the county, including Stanmore, Medstead and the Cherbourg Road area of Eastleigh.

Winchester has a further £150,000 from the local sustainable transport fund, available from April.

But some councillors have been more cautious in welcoming the scheme.

Cllr Ian Tait said: “I'm not against 20mph speed limits, but one of the issues here is woe betide tide anyone who argues against them - politically it's a very dangerous route to go down. I think there needs to be a proper evaluation as to what we're actually getting out of this.

“Going down Winnall Manor Road at 20mph, it's a struggle to stay at 20mph. We just need to be sure we're making a meaningful gain from this.”

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4:34pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Cyclestrian says...

County-wide would be better. 20mph residential streets please.
County-wide would be better. 20mph residential streets please. Cyclestrian
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6:12am Sat 2 Mar 13

Philip Ross says...

Absolutely pointless unless there is enforcement. Nobody enforces the present 30mph limit which makes this a pointless gesture to gain a bit of publicity..
Absolutely pointless unless there is enforcement. Nobody enforces the present 30mph limit which makes this a pointless gesture to gain a bit of publicity.. Philip Ross
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10:30am Sat 2 Mar 13

james wishart says...

Current official thinking is that in residential areas, the priority hierarchy should be reversed to:- 'pedestrian/cycles/c
ars' as on the Continent. It will take time for the culture to change but it will come. The ACPO advice to forces needs to change too as it is still heavily dominated by the motor lobby.
Current official thinking is that in residential areas, the priority hierarchy should be reversed to:- 'pedestrian/cycles/c ars' as on the Continent. It will take time for the culture to change but it will come. The ACPO advice to forces needs to change too as it is still heavily dominated by the motor lobby. james wishart
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7:28pm Sat 2 Mar 13

retiredoldgit says...

Surely a 20 mph limit is just as difficult (or easy) to enforce as a 30mph limit. I am not sure what the problem is here. Are those who say it is unenforceable actually just against the 20mph limit...?
Surely a 20 mph limit is just as difficult (or easy) to enforce as a 30mph limit. I am not sure what the problem is here. Are those who say it is unenforceable actually just against the 20mph limit...? retiredoldgit
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7:31pm Sat 2 Mar 13

retiredoldgit says...

Surely a 20 mph limit is just as difficult (or easy) to enforce as a 30mph limit. I am not sure what the problem is here. Are those who say it is unenforceable actually just against the 20mph limit...?
Surely a 20 mph limit is just as difficult (or easy) to enforce as a 30mph limit. I am not sure what the problem is here. Are those who say it is unenforceable actually just against the 20mph limit...? retiredoldgit
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7:25pm Sun 3 Mar 13

Belgarum says...

I would strongly suggest that anybody interested in the adoption of a 20mph speed limit has a look at http://www.abd.org.u
k/mph20con.htm.
I would strongly suggest that anybody interested in the adoption of a 20mph speed limit has a look at http://www.abd.org.u k/mph20con.htm. Belgarum
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11:16am Mon 4 Mar 13

one in a million says...

Great idea, another speed limit for motorists to ignore! This will only work if enforced.
Great idea, another speed limit for motorists to ignore! This will only work if enforced. one in a million
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1:17pm Wed 6 Mar 13

jonone says...

20 mph limits - cursed because as soon as you attempt to argue against them, you are instantly an evil, child-killing petrolhead!! But, there is no need for such limits, 30 is sufficent. What is needed is adequate training, crossings etc. I could drive at 29mph all I like in a 30 zone, it'll not stop some kids waltzing into the road "c'mon then" attitude. Nor does it stop cyclists hurtling off pavements in front of me, yet if I hit either I am instantly guilty.
20 mph limits - cursed because as soon as you attempt to argue against them, you are instantly an evil, child-killing petrolhead!! But, there is no need for such limits, 30 is sufficent. What is needed is adequate training, crossings etc. I could drive at 29mph all I like in a 30 zone, it'll not stop some kids waltzing into the road "c'mon then" attitude. Nor does it stop cyclists hurtling off pavements in front of me, yet if I hit either I am instantly guilty. jonone
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10:48am Thu 7 Mar 13

JoLovegrove says...

jonone wrote:
20 mph limits - cursed because as soon as you attempt to argue against them, you are instantly an evil, child-killing petrolhead!! But, there is no need for such limits, 30 is sufficent. What is needed is adequate training, crossings etc. I could drive at 29mph all I like in a 30 zone, it'll not stop some kids waltzing into the road "c'mon then" attitude. Nor does it stop cyclists hurtling off pavements in front of me, yet if I hit either I am instantly guilty.
Couldn't agree more!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]jonone[/bold] wrote: 20 mph limits - cursed because as soon as you attempt to argue against them, you are instantly an evil, child-killing petrolhead!! But, there is no need for such limits, 30 is sufficent. What is needed is adequate training, crossings etc. I could drive at 29mph all I like in a 30 zone, it'll not stop some kids waltzing into the road "c'mon then" attitude. Nor does it stop cyclists hurtling off pavements in front of me, yet if I hit either I am instantly guilty.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more!!!!! JoLovegrove
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