IT'S set to be the biggest change to traffic in Winchester in decades.

And now people can have their say on plans to introduce 20mph speed limits across a swathe of Winchester city centre as they go on display for the first time.

An exhibition is being held until November 15 at four venues - the Tourist Information Centre, the BID offices in Parchment Street, the Discovery Centre and the Brooks Shopping Centre.

The new limits would be introduced on all the main routes into the city centre - Wales Street, Blue Ball Hill, Magdalen Hill, Chesil Street, Southgate Street, Romsey Road, the railway bridge by the Upper High Street, Stockbridge Road, Andover Road and Hyde Street.

Staff from Hampshire and Winchester council will be on hand to discuss the proposals and answer questions tomorrow (tue 12) between 4-7pm at the Discovery Centre.

Victoria Weston, city council portfolio holder for built environment, said: “These proposals for 20mph limits in the city centre represent a significant change for Winchester and we are keen that everyone who is interested has a chance to view the proposals.”

Currently 20mph limits only apply in Parchment Street, some of the Brook streets and around the cathedral.

Cllr Weston added: “20mph speed limits are becoming regular and popular features in city centres, especially those with an historic environment and a strong tourist economy. Such limits have been shown to improve quality of life for local residents, shoppers and visitors and to improve traffic-flow and safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.”

Seán Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment at the county council, said: “The proposed new 20mph limits are part of a wider pilot that has been introduced to address the concerns of local communities and test the effectiveness of 20mph limits in residential areas. The backing of local residents is vital if the new limits are to have an effect so I would encourage people to view the exhibitions and have their say.”

The city council will also be writing to key stakeholders about the scheme this month and advertising proposals formally with a public notice after the exhibition, probably in the New Year.

Twenty miles per hour limits are to be introduced soon for the Winchester estates of Winnall, Highcliffe and Stanmore.