Saturday, 6 August 2011

More 20mph Zones for Leicester?


By Ben Aulakh

The network of highways in Leicester covered by a 20mph speed limit could be significantly increased, if a consultation on extending the current number finds favour in the city.

More than a hundred roads across Leicester currently have a speed limit of 20mph; a consultation to extend the limit to roads in six new areas of the city began on Friday.

The City Council is proposing to introduce new speed limits in Belgrave West, Cottesmore Road, Tudor Road, Westcotes, Western Road and Willow Brook Road.

Currently, the zones cover 231 streets and almost 50km of road; the new scheme would include an additional 114 streets and 26km of highway.

Cllr Rory Palmer, Deputy City Mayor and cabinet lead on transport said, Reducing speed limits from 30mph to 20mph in busy residential areas helps improve road safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

Cutting the speed of vehicles can have a very positive impact on the quality of life for local people and their community.
 
“That's why we made it a pledge to launch consultation on the introduction of more 20mph zones across the city.”

Letters detailing the plans will be delivered to all residents in the proposed areas, they will also be available to view in full on the council's website.

Leicester’s Mayor, MP Peter Soulsby promised in May this year to extend the number of 20mph zones, a move welcomed to environmental charity Friends of the Earth.

Details of the proposed schemes, and information about how to comment on the plans, will be available online from Friday, August 5, at www.leicester.gov.uk/consultations

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