Renewed push to fund 20mph speed limit

Renewed push to fund 20mph speed limit

Renewed push to fund 20mph speed limit

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

LEADING councillors have agreed to push the government for more funding so a 20mph speed limit could be introduced in most residential roads across Bolton.

Cllr Norman Critchley highlighted the issue at the full council meeting, arguing the government also needed to reduce the regulations covering legal orders and signage for 20mph zones, to allow local authorities to implement the speed limit more easily.

The Bromley Cross councillor first raised the issue in April 2013, after which councillors unanimously agreed to introduce a mandatory 20mph speed limit on most residential roads within two years.

But town hall bosses admitted earlier this month that the plan has been delayed due to a shortage of cash.

Cllr Critchley said: “The simple fact is that a child hit at 20mph has a very good chance of surviving, while a child hit at 30mph has a very poor chance, and that is also the case for adults.

“I have heard some criticism of these speed limits but I wonder if the people who are criticising this are the same idiots driving at 60mph past our schools.”

The executive member for highways and transport, Cllr David Chadwick, said the local authority has made some progress on 20mph speed limits, including making Horwich town centre the borough’s biggest 20mph zone.

He added that the council was continually looking for ways to fund a speed limit reduction, including grants from central government, using agreements from developers and dedicating funds from area forum budgets.

Cllr Chadwick said: “I don’t think anybody in this council wouldn’t support Cllr Critchley’s aspiration.

“What it is all about, and what a lot of people fail to recognise, is that the speed limit is the maximum speed limit, not the minimum.

“It’s all about self discipline, and driving at the appropriate speed.”

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10:07am Fri 29 Aug 14

I.careless2 says...

Oh come on !!!! I am happy to drive at 20mph or what ever the speed limit is for the roads. but I also know those people that are on the estate near me will not drive at 20MPH unless there is a permenant police car or speeding camera installed.
Its the only way to getthrough to these people that flout the rules.
Green Lane is a prime example children playing football and a childrens playground and idiots doing upwards of 60 MPH in a 20 MPH zone
and guess what 20MOH signs and painted roadsigns make no impact on them at all
But then does that really suprise anyone !!!!!
What Waste Of good Tax Payers Money AGAIN !!!
Oh come on !!!! I am happy to drive at 20mph or what ever the speed limit is for the roads. but I also know those people that are on the estate near me will not drive at 20MPH unless there is a permenant police car or speeding camera installed. Its the only way to getthrough to these people that flout the rules. Green Lane is a prime example children playing football and a childrens playground and idiots doing upwards of 60 MPH in a 20 MPH zone and guess what 20MOH signs and painted roadsigns make no impact on them at all But then does that really suprise anyone !!!!! What Waste Of good Tax Payers Money AGAIN !!! I.careless2
  • Score: 3

1:04pm Fri 29 Aug 14

gladrill says...

We asked for this years ago where i live it is like a rat run. What do they do but do all the roads around us and leave us out. This is typical, they want to get their act together.
We asked for this years ago where i live it is like a rat run. What do they do but do all the roads around us and leave us out. This is typical, they want to get their act together. gladrill
  • Score: 1

1:06pm Fri 29 Aug 14

gladrill says...

I.careless2 wrote:
Oh come on !!!! I am happy to drive at 20mph or what ever the speed limit is for the roads. but I also know those people that are on the estate near me will not drive at 20MPH unless there is a permenant police car or speeding camera installed.
Its the only way to getthrough to these people that flout the rules.
Green Lane is a prime example children playing football and a childrens playground and idiots doing upwards of 60 MPH in a 20 MPH zone
and guess what 20MOH signs and painted roadsigns make no impact on them at all
But then does that really suprise anyone !!!!!
What Waste Of good Tax Payers Money AGAIN !!!
I agree i live on Shaw Road and they have not done us. It's like a rat run here.
[quote][p][bold]I.careless2[/bold] wrote: Oh come on !!!! I am happy to drive at 20mph or what ever the speed limit is for the roads. but I also know those people that are on the estate near me will not drive at 20MPH unless there is a permenant police car or speeding camera installed. Its the only way to getthrough to these people that flout the rules. Green Lane is a prime example children playing football and a childrens playground and idiots doing upwards of 60 MPH in a 20 MPH zone and guess what 20MOH signs and painted roadsigns make no impact on them at all But then does that really suprise anyone !!!!! What Waste Of good Tax Payers Money AGAIN !!![/p][/quote]I agree i live on Shaw Road and they have not done us. It's like a rat run here. gladrill
  • Score: 1

9:07pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Changeit! says...

You can have It a 10mph and the numpties would still do 60.
You can have It a 10mph and the numpties would still do 60. Changeit!
  • Score: 1

9:53am Sat 30 Aug 14

Blackrod says...

I take complete offense to the comments made by the counsellors in their unsafe expensive plan. I drive at 20 and 30 in these zones and get beeped at or overtaken in Horwich and Blackrod. Sometimes when pedestrians are in the road ahead. The double parked cars and cars parked on footpaths forcing prams and mobility scooters on the road are more dangerous.
I take complete offense to the comments made by the counsellors in their unsafe expensive plan. I drive at 20 and 30 in these zones and get beeped at or overtaken in Horwich and Blackrod. Sometimes when pedestrians are in the road ahead. The double parked cars and cars parked on footpaths forcing prams and mobility scooters on the road are more dangerous. Blackrod
  • Score: 1
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