All change for speed limits in Chichester

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NEW 20mph signs are starting to appear around Chichester as a new speed limit for residential areas comes into force this summer.

West Sussex County Council has introduced the lower speed limit for every residential street – except A and B roads – to encourage walking and cycling and make residents feel safer.

Highway officials say it will make the streets quieter and boost Chichester’s economy, with people more likely to use local shops rather than travelling out of town.

Greg Ockwell, principal communities officer for West Sussex County Council, said: ‘Most people feel safer in a 20mph limit, and find it easier to cross the road, ride bikes or play outside.

‘A 20mph limit encourages more considerate driving, particularly for short trips, which makes for quieter streets and an environment where neighbours are more likely to get to know each other. When people feel the roads are safer, they are much more likely to cycle or walk to work, school, the doctors or local shops.’