20mph scheme wins Portsmouth a national award
At the National Transport Awards in Manchester, Portsmouth City Council was the winner in the road safety, traffic management and enforcement category.
In 2008 Portsmouth become the first city in Britain to have a 20mph safety limit on almost all residential streets. The council scheme, funded by the government, has brought the city national attention and interest from many other councils.
Chairman of the judging panel David Begg, publisher of Transport Times magazine, said: “Portsmouth's area-wide 20mph speed limit policy has admirably brought traffic-dominated streets to an end, reclaiming them for community use, reducing accidents and casualties while managing to prevent any impact on journey times and traffic flows around the city.”
The awards, in association with Transport Times, are endorsed by the Department for Transport, the Local Transport Planning Network and independent transport watchdog Passenger Focus.
Cllr Jason Fazackarley, cabinet member for traffic and transportation, said: "This award recognises Portsmouth's pioneering work, which has inspired other councils to adopt similar schemes.
"The 20mph scheme is about making our streets more useable for the people who live on them, as well as pedestrians and cyclists. It’s not safe to drive at more than 20mph on our narrow streets, which often have cars parked on both sides.
“The 20mph limit gives responsible drivers confidence and authority to drive at the appropriate speed. Drivers who want to drive too fast – for instance, at 30mph – have their official 'permission' to do that removed."
For more information contact John Millard, communications officer, Portsmouth City Council on (023) 9284 1395.