Neighbourhood Committee meeting: Bid for 20mph limits outlined

A Peterborough Neighbourhood Committee panel meeting held at The King's School on Monday. Picture: Ben Davis/Peterborough ET
A Peterborough Neighbourhood Committee panel meeting held at The King's School on Monday. Picture: Ben Davis/Peterborough ET
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PROPOSALS to introduce 20mph speed limits across residential areas in Peterborough were outlined at a meeting on Monday night (17 October).

The ET reported last week how plans to introduce the scheme had been backed by a number of residents and councillors in the city.

A meeting of the Dogsthorpe, East and Park Neighbourhood Committee heard from supporters of the scheme who are aiming to bring it to widespread attention.

Nigel Brigham, from the Princes Street Residents Association, said: “The call is for every road in residential areas of the city to be switched to 20mph limits.

“People may be concerned that you would need a lot of traffic calming to be able to do this - but that really isn’t the case.

“There would have to be new signage but that is achievable. If we can change people’s attitudes and minds about the idea it could have a chance.”

The idea stems from a national campaign called “20’s Plenty For Us” which aims to cut down on road accidents in residential areas.

The scheme has already been implemented in other towns and cities across the UK including Brighton, Newcastle and Sheffield.

One of the scheme’s backers, Richard Ferris (48), of All Saints’ Road, Peterborough, said: “There are many benefits to driving at 20mph.

“First and foremost the number of accidents will be reduced dramatically. Driving at 20mph also reduces fuel emissions from cars substantially.

“If you’re speeding and braking sharply then you’re also increasing the wear and tear on the vehicle.

He added: “People think that it would slow their journeys down but in reality the difference can be only under a minute compared to driving at 30mph.

“This would not be a blanket speed limit across the town – it would just be for residential areas.”

Supporters of the scheme told residents that they aim to get the issue discussed at full council meetings in the future.

A number of residents at the meeting backed the bid, with several voicing their concerns about speeding in the Dogsthorpe area.

When questioned whether the scheme was feasible, Inspector Dominic Glazebrook, of Cambridgeshire Police, said: “I can not see why there would be any reason why enforcing a 20mph limit is any different from a 30mph one.

“I have no problem with this idea.”