20mph limits to become widespread in Liverpool
Liverpool City Council and the city’s Primary Care Trust (PCT) are working together to fund a £1.7m scheme to introduce 20mph limits to 70% of the city’s roads, according to the 20’s Plenty for Us campaign.
20’s Plenty For Us campaigns for a 20mph default speed limit in residential streets without physical calming.
The campaign says that “recognising the benefits of preventing road deaths, injuries and transport-related illness, £400,000 has been allocated from PCT budgets toward the £1.4m anticipated cost of the council programme to implement 20mph signed-only limits over the next four years”.
The PCT is also reported to be paying £265,000 for a programme of perception surveys and community engagement work on slower speeds.
31% of residential roads in Liverpool currently have 20mph speed limits and this will be extended by a further 39% (587km of roads).
Paula Grey, director of public health for Liverpool, said: “We know that cutting speed can save lives, as well as making our neighbourhoods much more pleasant places to live.
“And by making roads safer we create more opportunities for people to use greener forms of transport – such as cycling and walking – which are also better for their health.”
Rod King, 20’s Plenty for Us founder and campaign director, said: “We believe that implementing wide area 20mph limits in this manner will become an exemplar of how organisations can pool their funding and expertise to benefit their communities with better health, road danger reduction and increased quality of life.
“Liverpool is giving people a real choice in how they travel by removing the fear of fast traffic from community streets. For our part we have been pleased at how responsive both organisations have been to the discussions that 20’s Plenty for Us and our local campaigners have had with them.”
For more information contact Anna Semlyen, 20’s Plenty for Us campaign manager, on 07572120439.