Speed restriction policy criticised

A NEW policy on 20mph speed restrictions has been criticised from all directions in Salisbury.

Wiltshire Council has indicated that as part of its new policy, it will not introduce 20mph restrictions across the city and will only allow area boards to put forward two locations a year for assessment.

At a meeting of Salisbury Area Board, many speakers said the plans were too timid while a city councillor warned about the potential cost.

Councillor Andrew Roberts, leader of Salisbury City Council, and Wiltshire councillor Helena McKeown said the proposed policy lacked ambition. Cllr Roberts said of the city council: “Our preference is for a 20mph restriction for the whole city. If you do that it will be easier to police.” He said it was “defeatist” for Wiltshire only to be prepared to install 20mph restrictions where drivers were already going slowly. Cllr McKeown said the cost of road accident injuries should be part of the equation.

City councillor Margaret Wilmot said she was a keen cyclist and wanted to see 20mph restrictions “rolled out across the city”. Such speed limits would especially help areas like Bemerton where there were no pavements in some streets.

Board vice-chairman Brian Dalton said Harnham and Bemerton Heath were suitable for 20mph zones.

But city councillor Matthew Dean said it would be far too expensive to install all the restrictions campaigners wanted because 20mph zones required speed cushions and the like. He said: “There needs to be an element of realism here.”

Noting what had been said, board chairman Ricky Rogers said it was still likely that money would be available from developers of new housing estates.

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12:57pm Mon 13 Jan 14

hillyanne says...

I didn't know there were speed bumps etc. in Castle Street and other roads in the city 20 zone!
I didn't know there were speed bumps etc. in Castle Street and other roads in the city 20 zone! hillyanne
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1:40pm Mon 13 Jan 14

karlmarx says...

hillyanne wrote:
I didn't know there were speed bumps etc. in Castle Street and other roads in the city 20 zone!
They use a different technique to slow traffic in Salisbury hillyanne, pot holes and craters, it's just as effective and a lot cheaper.
[quote][p][bold]hillyanne[/bold] wrote: I didn't know there were speed bumps etc. in Castle Street and other roads in the city 20 zone![/p][/quote]They use a different technique to slow traffic in Salisbury hillyanne, pot holes and craters, it's just as effective and a lot cheaper. karlmarx
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4:43pm Mon 13 Jan 14

hillyanne says...

No.--Castle Street is now as smooth as silk.Lovely .
I wish they'd make Brown street and Exeter street as smooth.I'm tired of being jolted about on my bike and on Red 1.!
No.--Castle Street is now as smooth as silk.Lovely . I wish they'd make Brown street and Exeter street as smooth.I'm tired of being jolted about on my bike and on Red 1.! hillyanne
  • Score: 2

3:44am Tue 14 Jan 14

karlmarx says...

All the roads that link Wilton road and Devizes road together require a 4x4 at the least to negotiate them, on one or two you will need a half track. Have they run out money already or is it just roads within a stones throw of the market square that qualify?
All the roads that link Wilton road and Devizes road together require a 4x4 at the least to negotiate them, on one or two you will need a half track. Have they run out money already or is it just roads within a stones throw of the market square that qualify? karlmarx
  • Score: 2

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