Residents help shape new reduced speed limits

FIVE areas of Darlington are to benefit from new speed restrictions in a bid to improve road safety.

From September, a 20mph limit will come into force in Bank Top, Lascelles Park, Red Hall, the Corporation Road area of the Denes and Oakwood Drive estate.

The areas were all chosen following a study into roads across Darlington. The study looked at accident records, with an emphasis on child casualties, and the effect of speed on pedestrians and cyclists near shops and schools.

Residents in the five chosen area were asked for the opinion on the proposals. Consultations also took place with emergency services and bus operators.

The new limit in the Denes will expand on a previous scheme which is in operation in Corporation Road and Salisbury Terrace.

A sixth zone in Fitzwilliam Drive and neighbouring roads is being redesigned following comments from residents.

Councillor David Lyonette, cabinet member for transport, said: "Road safety is an important issue for the council and these 20mph zones will help to make these areas of Darlington safer.

"They will help reduce the number of residents injured in road accidents and provide a safer environment for people to live in.

"From September 1 these new restrictions will come into force and will be enforced by the police where necessary."

The number of reported road traffic casualties in Darlington has dropped from 2006 to 2007 by 21 per cent to 384 casualties.

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6:40pm Thu 21 Aug 08

miketually says...

It must only be a matter of time before we see a blanket 20mph urban speed limit.
It must only be a matter of time before we see a blanket 20mph urban speed limit. miketually
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8:38pm Mon 25 Aug 08

Sardonicus says...

I am very much in favour of speed restrictions, especially around schools. However, does one really need to do 20MPH along Longfield Road (for example) at 3am on a sunday morning in the middle of the school holidays? Why not use current technology and have electronically variable signs. These could then be set to the current conditions.
Before you condemn this, they work very well on the continent and are instumental in keeping the flow of traffic manageable.
I am very much in favour of speed restrictions, especially around schools. However, does one really need to do 20MPH along Longfield Road (for example) at 3am on a sunday morning in the middle of the school holidays? Why not use current technology and have electronically variable signs. These could then be set to the current conditions. Before you condemn this, they work very well on the continent and are instumental in keeping the flow of traffic manageable. Sardonicus
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