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Go-ahead for 20mph limit on Carlisle housing estate

Plans to bring in a 20mph speed limit on a Carlisle housing estate are going ahead, even though nearly all traffic moves at that speed already.

Cumbria County Council is to spend £1,600 on 20mph signs for Kingfisher Park, off Warwick Road, following a campaign from residents.

Council officers had said that a 20mph zone was unnecessary.

A survey carried out by Cumbria Police showed the average speed of vehicles was 20mph and that 85 per cent were travelling at 24mph or less.

Some 2,312 vehicles passed during the three-day survey and only three broke the current 30mph limit.

A report to the council’s Carlisle local committee said: “The development has the required traffic calming already in place to ensure that speeds are kept low. Formally introducing a 20mph zone will have little effect on the behaviour of drivers. The vast majority drive within the threshold for a 20mph zone.

“The tiny minority who exceed the limit will do so regardless.”

The council wrote to 175 households in March, inviting them to reply if they supported a 20mph zone but saying they need not respond if they were happy with a 30mph limit.

Only seven wrote in support of the 20mph restriction.

But campaigner Jack Routledge told a meeting of the local committee: “Just because you don’t respond to something doesn’t mean you agree with it.”

He said that 150 people had signed a petition in favour of the 20mph zone. He added: “The petition does show that residents do want a 20mph limit.”

Mr Routledge had the backing of Robert Betton, the Independent councillor for the area, who persuaded the committee to approve a 20mph zone.

Labour’s Hugh McDevitt said: “This is the way forward. I don’t know of anywhere with a 20mph limit that wants it restored to 30mph again.”

The local committee voted to take no action on a residents’ request to remove or replace speed humps in Rydal Street, Carlisle.

The residents claimed that vibrations from heavy lorries going over the humps was causing structural damage to property but a survey showed very few HGVs using Rydal Street.

Have your say

another waste of money by labour,20 mph on a meeting last week it was stated by police they could not enforce 20 mph,they could only take action over 30 mph
ask people on durranhill road how many drivers stick to 20 mph

Posted by mr r jackson on 19 June 2012 at 10:30

Another thought if the level of danger is as high as some comments claim then we have a duty to prevent vehicles travelling on the estate so concrete bollards to seal of the estate is the answer, make them all walk it would be better for their health.

Posted by Allen on 16 June 2012 at 19:48

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