Council to consider more 20mph zones

By Emily Pearce

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

 

MORE 20mph zones could be introduced across the Isle of Wight if the local authority approves a new speed limit policy.

The Isle of Wight Council executive will decide next Tuesday whether to adopt the new policy, which is based on government guidance.

It recommends more 20mph zones and limits are introduced in villages and residential areas.

The policy states: "Important benefits of 20mph schemes include quality of life and community benefits, and encouragement of healthier and more sustainable transport modes such as walking and cycling. Such limits should not, however, be considered on roads with a strategic function or where the movement of vehicles is the primary function. It is government policy that a 30mph limit should be the norm through villages.

"Research shows 20mph zones are very effective at reducing collisions and injuries. Collisions could fall by around 60 per cent, and the number involving injury to children by up to two thirds."

The policy recommends traffic calming measures such as speed humps or chicanes are considered before speed limits are lowered.

Improving safety on rural roads is described as a 'key road safety challenge.' Rural roads account for 66 per cent of all road deaths, and inappropriate speed is a contributory factor in 20 per cent of crashes on national limit rural roads.

The policy recommends 40mph limits could be introduced on recreational roads, such as those in AONB areas.

According to the report due to go before the executive, any new speed limit would have to be carefully costed, in terms of construction and ongoing maintenance, in line with the highways PFI project.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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