Hayling ‘should be among first’ to get 20mph limit

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MORE 20mph zones could be coming to residential roads as part of a £200,000 scheme.

Hampshire County Council is hoping to trial the low speed limits in five residential areas in the county.

The areas have not been chosen yet, but residents on Hayling Island have suggested the island would be a good candidate.

As reported, community leaders have said Hayling could benefit from 20mph limits in some areas in a bid to make the roads safer.

Paul Fisher, chairman of Hayling Island Residents’ Association, said: ‘It should be piloted in Elm Grove.

‘It’s a shopping area and there are schools on both sides of the road.

‘It’s one of the busiest places with all the traffic. It would be popular.’

Transport leaders will meet in Winchester next week to make a final decision on whether to progress the scheme.

If approved, the county will be following in the footsteps of Portsmouth, which four years ago became the first city in Britain to have a 20mph speed limit on almost all residential roads.

Highway officials said the traditional view was to introduce 20mph limits only where there was a history of road casualties.

But a report due to go before Councillor Mel Kendal, who is in charge of transport, said times have changed.

The report states: ‘The proposed “Residential 20” programme is intended to move away from this historic casualty-led criteria and will instead focus on improving the quality of life for local communities by introducing lower speed limits aimed at reducing the impact of motorised traffic in residential areas.’

The proposal ties in with a change in rules from the Department of Transport which will reduce the cost of signs.

Authorities can now paint speed limit symbols on the roads.

Upright signs are still required, however, to indicate the start and end of 20mph zones.

One of the criteria used for choosing the pilot areas will be whether there is local demand for a 20mph limit.