Council supports 20mph zones in Herts

A GOVERNMENT consultation on the introduction of 20mph speed limits in residential areas has been welcomed by Hertfordshire County Council.

Officials at the Department for Transport are seeking the council’s views on plans to encourage highway authorities to introduce 20mph zones in areas where there are lots of pedestrians and cyclists such as around schools, shops, markets and playgrounds.

The council has also been asked for its views on reducing speed limits on specified rural single carriageway roads.

Cllr Stuart Pile, executive member for highways and transport, said: “A lot of what is being suggested by the Government is already contained in our speed management policy so we are happy to support these proposals.

“In fact, we are ahead of the game as in some parts of Hertfordshire – such as St Albans – we’re already in discussions with the district council about 20mph zones.”

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He added: “Obviously a widespread change in speed limits across the county will have financial implications, but we will continue to follow the government proposals with interest, particularly in regard to funding any changes.

“We would also like to point out that, contrary to some reports, these proposals are only being consulted on and are not a new policy.”

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The speed management policy can be viewed on the council’s website, see link right.

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