Alternative option to blanket 20mph speed limit for Newton Abbot proposed

    An alternative solution to a proposed ‘blanket 20mph speed limit’ set to be trialled in Newton Abbot has been put forward by town councillors. The Devon County Council trial is set to be carried out at some point in 2022 and will allow the testing of the full potential impact of an area-wide scheme and make the most of the opportunity to learn lessons for future schemes.

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    An alternative solution to a proposed ‘blanket 20mph speed limit’ set to be trialled in Newton Abbot has been put forward by town councillors.
    The Devon County Council trial is set to be carried out at some point in 2022 and will allow the testing of the full potential impact of an area-wide scheme and make the most of the opportunity to learn lessons for future schemes.
    The trial would follow the success of limited speed limits imposed in Portsmouth, Oxford, Bristol, Warrington, Islington, and Hackney, and if the Newton Abbot trial is a success, then it could be rolled out to other parts of Devon.
    Last year Teignbridge District Council and Devon County Council backed plans for the trial, as did members of Newton Abbot Town Council who signalled their support for a review of speed limits, but who stopped short of giving a universal 20mph scheme the green light.
    At last week’s town council meeting, members voted in favour of ward members assessing local roads and in particular to identify those routes which should not be subjected to the 20mph limit, with areas around hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and schools are among those which could be included in the speed reduction proposals.
    Mayor Cllr Mike Joyce suggested that ward members knew their own areas best and that each should be given maps and asked to identify which roads in their areas might benefit from a reduction with the information fed back to the County, adding: “We are not going to have a blanket 20 limit.”
    Cllr Phil Bullivant, elected to Devon County Council in May, told his town colleagues on June 2 that he had concerns County Hall was pressing ahead despite local reservations, adding: “The views of this town council should be at the fore.”
    The trial of a default 20mph speed limit was one of the recommendations that a task group who looked at the ways in which vehicle speeds can be managed had come up with back in 2019.
    Reducing the speed limit to encourage more people to walk and cycle, cut congestion and would encourage more people to be more neighbourly, were among the reasons why councillors had initially agreed to trial the measures.
     

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