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20mph scheme spreads to west York
RESIDENTS in west York will soon learn how the next stage of a city-wide 20mph speed limit scheme will affect them.
City of York Council said their introduction in residential streets had been backed by the police, schools and businesses.
However, Upper Poppleton Parish Council has opposed a 20mph limit around Millfield Lane, Main Street and Long Ridge Lane, saying there was “no justification” for it and claiming new signs were too expensive and harmed the village’s “ambience”.
The city council said signed-only speed limits would be cheaper than measures such as humps, and Fishergate trials had shown they reduced average speeds by three miles an hour, with a South Bank pilot scheme winning local support.
Coun Dave Merrett, cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, said: “This is proving a cost-effective and successful scheme, and lower speed limits give drivers more time to react to the presence of other road users and reduce the likelihood and scale of any accidents.”
Inspector Michael Barron, of North Yorkshire Police’s roads policing group, said reducing speed limits through residential areas would make the environment feel safer for road users and pedestrians. The severity of injuries in a collision would also be reduced.
The West of York Schools Partnership, which includes head teachers, said it was encouraged by positive results in 20mph trials.
Ken Hesketh, chief executive of Holgate Park-based Benenden Health, said: “We are fully supportive of local schemes encouraging a healthier environment for walking and cycling.
“Our employees commute to our offices from all over York. Freeing up traffic flows and enabling improved safety from alternative forms of transport can only improve York’s infrastructure, make communities safer and support businesses.”
But the Poppleton scheme was criticised by Rural West York councillor Ian Gillies, who said would be a “total waste of time and money”. Fellow ward councillor Chris Steward said: “20mph limits will do nothing to reduce accidents as they will breed contempt for speed limits.
“Many Poppleton roads do not need a speed as low as 20mph. This will be pointless cost and signage, rather than focusing on lower speeds where it matters.”
More information is at york20mph.org