City request for extended 20mph zone is rejected

A REQUEST for expansion of the 20mph speed zone in Salisbury has been turned down by Wiltshire Council.

Salisbury city councillors made the request during a consultation on 20mph speed limits and speed zones conducted by Wiltshire before it approved an updated policy last month.

The county council only intends introducing 20mph limits where the average speed is already below 24mph, although it maintains it will be flexible. A report on the policy says: “In order to be successful, speed limits require the respect of drivers.”

There are already 75 operational 20mph zones in Wiltshire. In its consultation response, the city council said it wanted to see 20mph zones introduced “in all urban areas” as part of the development of town cycle networks in Wiltshire, as outlined in a previous transport plan.

It said that since the Salisbury city centre 20mph zone was introduced, casualties had been reduced by 46 per cent over a three-year period.

It also said a scheme in Laverstock, in which the central white line was removed and cycle lanes added, had also been “very successful in slowing traffic and making a safer environment for cyclists”.

However, in papers to the committee, Wiltshire Council officers rejected Salisbury City Council’s opinion, saying the transport plan had not proposed 20mph zones “across all urban areas in Salisbury”.

Elsewhere in the papers they said the new policy seeks to introduce 20mph restrictions “where the benefits are real, true and measurable” and not just done for popularity or political gain.

They added that there was little evidence of casualty reduction since the 20mph zones were installed.

And although Community Speedwatch volunteers are now allowed to operate in 20mph zones and police will enforce the limit where there are serious breaches, Neighbourhood Policing Teams will not routinely enforce the limits.

The policy report says £650,000 is available for community area transport groups to use on new 20mph restrictions and suggested that as many as 36 schemes could be proposed within two years. It says a 20mph limit covering a village costs Wiltshire up to £10,000, and a 20mph zone with traffic calming can cost between £80,000 and £250,000.

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12:25pm Fri 3 Jan 14

JDP123 says...

It also said a scheme in Laverstock, in which the central white line was removed and cycle lanes added, had also been “very successful in slowing traffic and making a safer environment for cyclists”.

Clearly not driven through there during school drop off/pick up times then!!!
It also said a scheme in Laverstock, in which the central white line was removed and cycle lanes added, had also been “very successful in slowing traffic and making a safer environment for cyclists”. Clearly not driven through there during school drop off/pick up times then!!! JDP123
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4:40pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Petera says...

Just about given up riding a bike anyway,with so many potholes in the roads in Salisbury it is dangerous anyway, even before you start worrying about the traffic.
Just about given up riding a bike anyway,with so many potholes in the roads in Salisbury it is dangerous anyway, even before you start worrying about the traffic. Petera
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4:53pm Fri 3 Jan 14

UKD003 says...

Speed is not the biggest factor to be concerned with. It's more about the quality, skills, training, and age of the drivers that need the focus.
Speed is not the biggest factor to be concerned with. It's more about the quality, skills, training, and age of the drivers that need the focus. UKD003
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12:45am Sat 4 Jan 14

Grampie says...

UKD003 wrote:
Speed is not the biggest factor to be concerned with. It's more about the quality, skills, training, and age of the drivers that need the focus.
It is still a factor that should not be ignored and reduced average speed reduces accidents.

Like you I am a wonderful driver and never make a mistake. That is until some young kid runs out behind a parked car and we are travelling too fast to stop in time.

I always worry when people think that they are good drivers and they can drive at high speeds in safety.
[quote][p][bold]UKD003[/bold] wrote: Speed is not the biggest factor to be concerned with. It's more about the quality, skills, training, and age of the drivers that need the focus.[/p][/quote]It is still a factor that should not be ignored and reduced average speed reduces accidents. Like you I am a wonderful driver and never make a mistake. That is until some young kid runs out behind a parked car and we are travelling too fast to stop in time. I always worry when people think that they are good drivers and they can drive at high speeds in safety. Grampie
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8:58am Sat 4 Jan 14

hillyanne says...

The 20mph is often ignored eg Castle StreetYou hear them before you see them!Not much chance of speeding right in the centre;too many obstacles(cars parked where they shouldn't be;dog-leg bends,etc.)though I have seen speeding up Exeter Street.Flashing signs might help but I doubt it.Some drivers don't care.
The 20mph is often ignored eg Castle StreetYou hear them before you see them!Not much chance of speeding right in the centre;too many obstacles(cars parked where they shouldn't be;dog-leg bends,etc.)though I have seen speeding up Exeter Street.Flashing signs might help but I doubt it.Some drivers don't care. hillyanne
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10:25am Sat 4 Jan 14

virage says...

Well said hillyanne. Concerning Exeter Street and the flashing light, I made the same comment early last year to Martin Aldam at WC. Of course no response back!
Well said hillyanne. Concerning Exeter Street and the flashing light, I made the same comment early last year to Martin Aldam at WC. Of course no response back! virage
  • Score: -2

12:09pm Sat 4 Jan 14

karlmarx says...

Doesn't Salisbury already have a methods of keeping speed below 20 MPH?

Over-development on major trunk routes reduces traffic to a snails pace.

Pot holes every few metres reduces traffic to a snails pace (what has happened to the entry ramp to the ring road outside Dunns House? Has there been an explosion?)

Dozens of buses laid up at the side of the road now offer the opportunity for pedestrians to walk out from behind the parked buses straight into the traffic. As in the photograph in the Salisbury Journal published a while back showing a Coach parked in the road outside the former bus station with passengers alighting straight into the road.

Flooding? there are some interesting new water features and lakes appearing on a regular basis in and around Salisbury as well as the old regular ones.
Doesn't Salisbury already have a methods of keeping speed below 20 MPH? Over-development on major trunk routes reduces traffic to a snails pace. Pot holes every few metres reduces traffic to a snails pace (what has happened to the entry ramp to the ring road outside Dunns House? Has there been an explosion?) Dozens of buses laid up at the side of the road now offer the opportunity for pedestrians to walk out from behind the parked buses straight into the traffic. As in the photograph in the Salisbury Journal published a while back showing a Coach parked in the road outside the former bus station with passengers alighting straight into the road. Flooding? there are some interesting new water features and lakes appearing on a regular basis in and around Salisbury as well as the old regular ones. karlmarx
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