A statutory speed limit of 20mph could soon be introduced on roads around Wheatfield Primary School in Bradley Stoke.
South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has opened a public consultation on plans to reduce the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph along the entire lengths of Wheatfield Drive, Dewfalls Drive and Harvest Close.
The purpose of the scheme is to reduce traffic speed in the vicinity of Wheatfield Primary School, which will “improve road safety for vulnerable road users as well as making walking and cycling to school more attractive”.
Local residents are now being encouraged to respond to a public consultation on the proposals, which runs until 2nd December.
The move follows a decision made by SGC in September 2013 to implement 20mph limits/zones outside all South Gloucestershire schools “as a matter of priority”.
The council says its approach is in line with guidance from the government, which is encouraging local authorities to introduce 20mph speed limits or zones in residential areas being used by people on foot or bicycle.
Avon and Somerset Police have told the council that it should have no expectation that 20mph limits, just like another other speed limits, will be routinely enforced, adding that enforcement is always “intelligence led”.
Depending upon the results of the public consultation and public advertisement of the required traffic regulation orders, SGC says it is hoped that the proposed scheme will be implemented during 2016.
- Proposed 20mph zone in Wheatfield Drive, Dewfalls Drive and Harvest Close (SGC consultation page)
- The installation of 20mph speed limits and zones in South Gloucestershire (SGC meeting report from 2013)
- Council decision on 20mph speed limit zones (SGC minutes from 2013; item 49 refers)
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