April 21 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Part-time 20mph speed limits look set to only be introduced outside schools where road safety risks are greatest, rather than outside every Norfolk school.
And proposals to bring in average speed cameras to enforce ‘urban speed limits’ are to be put on the back burner, due to costs.
Norfolk County Council last week agreed to make £167m worth of savings over the next three years.
And members of the council’s controlling Labour/Liberal Democrat cabinet will hear on Monday money is tight when it comes to speed management schemes.
The Department of Transport has given councils more powers to set part-time 20mph limits outside schools, but officers say it would cost £3.75m to set up 20mph zones outside every county school.
They recommend that, rather than a blanket introduction, specific problem areas should be targeted instead - if money is available.
Councillors will consider a report drawn up by Dave Stephens, team manager for network management at Norfolk County Council, in which he says work will take place at seven schools in the county.
The schools which have been prioritised for work are St Williams Primary in Thorpe St Andrew, Reffley Community School in King’s Lynn, Heacham Junior School; Holt Community Primary School; Scarning Primary School, near Dereham; Docking Junior School and Necton VA Primary School.
But, with those seven among more than 40 requests for part-time limits, the cabinet is set to agree that, should further money for such schemes become available, then there would need to be clear evidence to support a 20mph limit.
Mr Stephens said: “Where a speed restriction is justified by evidence of safety concerns, the measures could be funded under the allocation for local safety schemes in the highways capital programme.”
Police and council bosses have also been considering whether to use average speed cameras to enforce limits in Norwich and in some of Norfolk’s larger towns, such as Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn.
While councillors will be asked to keep considering such cameras, Mr Stephens said: “The equipment is expensive and further work is required, jointly with the police, for officers to understand the financial implications of deploying such systems.”
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