20mph speed limits could be introduced more roads in Norwich
PUBLISHED: 06:30 21 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:27 21 March 2018
Speed limits could be cut on several Norwich roads, as the city council looks to make two of its cycle routes safer.
Roads including Constitution Hill, Eaton Road and South Park Avenue are all to be considered for 20mph speed limits, with residential roads surrounding the yellow and blue pedalways being focussed on.
The yellow pedalway runs from Lakenham to Norwich Airport, while the blue connects Cringleford and Sprowston.
If a report to the council’s highways committee is approved, consultation will begin into the possibility of 20mph limits on dozens of residential roads surrounding the routes.
The report says: “It is not always appropriate to install cycle tracks or other facilities in these residential areas. However, reducing traffic speeds give a more balanced environment, helping people feel safer to cycle and walk.
“In most streets, the intention would be to provide entrance signs, repeater signs and 20mph roundels.”
Research was carried out into average traffic speed on 19 stretches of road, as council officers assessed the viability of 20mph limits.
After taking mean speeds for each of these stretches, officers then assessed what they felt appropriate measures would be for each road.
The following recommendations for the roads were then produced:
• Where average speed was below 23mph: repeater signs should be placed at 200m intervals
• Where average speed was between 23 and 26mph: repeater signs at 100m intervals
• Where average speed was more than 26mph: physical traffic calming and interactive signs could be considered.
The report also identified Unthank Road and Long John Hill as inappropriate for speed reduction, not considering them to be value for money to implement.
If the report is agreed by members, the council would begin consultation on roads in the Caton Grove, Eaton, Lakenham, Mile Cross, Sewell and Town Close areas.
Mike Stonard, cabinet member for environment and sustainable development, said: “As a council we need to reduce speed- particularly in residential areas and around where we are building the pedalways - as well as reducing emissions.
“This report is something I am very much in support of.”