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Reaction to Government’s move to allow wider use of 20 mph schemes

16 December 2009
Campaign for Better Transport today welcomed draft revisions to Department for Transport guidance on setting local speed limits. The changes aim to encourage local authorities to introduce 20 mph on residential streets and those with high movements of pedestrians.[1]

Commenting on the draft guidance, Richard Hebditch, Campaign for Better Transport’s campaigns director said:

"The Government is setting an agenda for 20 mph for the kinds of streets where we live, shop and work. Reducing speeds will not only lower the numbers of people, particularly children, who are killed or seriously injured on our streets each year, it will also reduce the impact of traffic in towns and cities and help to encourage more walking and cycling."

"We are pleased that the DfT accepts the evidence that ‘20 mph zones’ with heavy traffic calming isn’t the only way to reduce speed, and we welcome the Department’s policy shift to be more supportive of area-wide 20 mph speed limits.[2] But we’d like to see more flexibility given to local authorities so they can use the overall design of streets, including signs and road markings, so drivers clearly understand that the normal speed for residential and high streets is 20mph or lower."

Notes to editors
[1] Department for Transport press release

[2] Local highway authorities have two ways to introduce 20mph – either ‘20 mph zones’ with traffic calming so that no point is more than 50m from a traffic calming measure, or ‘20 mph limits’ where speeds are already low and where additional traffic calming measure are not required.