‘Decreasing speed limits can reduce accidents’ on Hampshire’s roads

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HAMPSHIRE’S transport boss has spoken out in support of reducing speed limits on a number of roads, including the A32 in Gosport.

Councillor Mel Kendal said cutting speed limits could ‘significantly reduce’ the number of accidents and fatalities.

As reported in The News yesterday, six stretches of road in Havant, Fareham and Gosport have been identified for changes, as well as a number of rural routes in East Hampshire.

Among the proposals are to go from 40mph to 30mph between Salterns Lane and the Rowner Road roundabout on the A32 and to go down from 60mph to 40mph on the B2148 between Rowlands Castle and Emsworth.

Councillor Mel Kendal, who oversees highways at Hampshire County Council, said: ‘Road safety is a top priority for the county council and although it is impossible to eliminate the risks of accidents completely, a lower speed limit, in suitable circumstances, can help significantly to reduce the level of risk on appropriate routes.

‘We are proud of our record in road safety and will protect our investment in road safety schemes, targeting resources on the basis of a sound evidence base.

‘The programme of schemes that I will be considering is based on objective evidence in line with government guidelines.’

A total of 292 A and B roads in the county have been reviewed and 48 routes have been put forward for changes to the speed limit. The scheme would cost £450,000.