13 March 2015

Next phase of 20mph approved

Councillors approved the latest phase of extending 20mph areas at the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee on Tuesday, 17 March.

The final round of consultation from advertised traffic orders resulted in nine responses in support of 20mph areas, five relating to the Hangleton area, and one objection relating to the Hangleton area.

Those in favour mentioned school routes and safer streets as reasons for their support of a reduced speed limit.

Phase three of the programme includes roads in Portslade, Mile Oak, Hangleton, Rottingdean, Ovingdean and Saltdean. Certain streets near Hove seafront and around Hove Park are also set to have 20mph limits.

It is expected the limits will be operational from June.

In the initial consultation, figures for residents supporting 20mph on the street where they live were: Mile Oak 60%, Hangleton 53%, Rottingdean and Ovingdean 69% and Saltdean 51%.      

Councillor Pete West, chair of the environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: "Communities want a safer and more pleasant environment in the streets where they live, work and go to school. It was really important for us to consult on the details so that the latest proposals to extend 20mph reflected people's views. We have listened and taken account of what they had to say.

"For example in Saltdean lower limits will only be introduced around the school and park roads in response to feedback we received from residents and in Hangleton, roads to the west of Hangleton Way will retain their existing limits, again in response to consultation feedback from that area."

On Hove seafront Medina Terrace, King’s Esplanade, Sussex Street and St Aubyns are set to have 20mph limits after 63 per cent of residents expressed support.

Monitoring from phase 1 of the 20mph limit area around the city centre has shown a 17 per cent drop in collisions, a 12 per cent reduction in injuries and a 20 per cent fall in serious casualties. DfT research shows that a pedestrian is seven times more likely to be killed when hit at 30mph than at 20mph.

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Further information: Brighton & Hove City Council press office 01273 291035/293033

View the reports for the environment, transport and sustainability committee  20mph is agenda item no. 96