20mph limits to be implemented in Darlington
Councillors in Darlington have agreed to introduce 20mph limits on residential streets across the borough.
According to 20’s Plenty for Darlington, which has been campaigning for lower speeds in the borough, councillors have agreed the change but have not yet set an implementation schedule.
Councillor David Lyonette, cabinet member with transport portfolio and councillor Long, chair of place scrutiny, issued the following statement: “Darlington Borough Council agrees that 20mph is safer and preferable in residential roads and that in time, and as resources allow, the council will continue to implement wide area schemes across the borough, excluding distributor or arterial roads, as cost effectively as possible.”
Matthew Snedker, 20’s Plenty for Darlington campaign leader, said: “When this policy is fully implemented our children will grow up in a place where walking or cycling is seen as a safer and more pleasant option. 20mph limits encourage drivers to respect other people’s rights to share residential roads.”
Rod King, founder and director of 20’s Plenty for Us, said: “We congratulate Darlington Borough Council on recognising the extensive benefits of 20mph speed limits on roads where people live, work, shop and go to school.
“We urge it to take similar steps to many other local authorities in developing a planned implementation within a set timescale so that those benefits can be rolled out to all its residents.”
For more information contact Matthew Snedker on 01325 488313.