Road safety campaigners welcome speed reduction guidelines

Road safety campaigners are welcoming new national guidance which they hope will enable swifter decisions on reducing speed limits.

The 20’s Plenty group, which has a branch in Worthing, has welcomed the The Department for Transport’s latest statement which clarifies policy.

With plans recently being considered for speed reduction in Chichester, campaigners are expecting that a similar system could be introduced within the Worthing area.

Stephen Hammond, the junior secretary of state for transport, wrote to parliament confirming the new guidelines “created more flexibility for authorities to create 20mph limits and zones.”

His statement read: “Traffic authorities are asked to keep their speed limits under review with changing circumstances, and to consider the introduction of more 20 mph limits and zones, over time, in urban areas and built-up village streets that are primarily residential, to ensure greater safety for pedestrians and cyclists, using the criteria in Section 6.”

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