Plea for 20mph limit to make town roads safer
A COUNCILLOR is calling for a 20mph blanket speed limit in Nailsea to make the town safer.
John Wilson is proposing that speed limits across the whole town are reduced from 30mph to 20mph.
Mr Wilson is putting his proposal to Nailsea Town Council, on which he has served for six years, for discussion.
However, a final decision on any changes to the limits would have to be made by North Somerset Council.
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Currently the majority of Nailsea is covered by a 30mph limit, apart from Queens Road, where it is 40mph.
Mr Wilson, who is retired, said: "Other parts of the country have seen speed limits reduced from 30mph to 20mph and it is currently becoming more and more common.
"I very much feel that a blanket 20mph limit would make the town a lot safer.
"There is a 30mph limit along the High Street but as it is congested with parked cars and there are a lot of pedestrians about, many people already drive below that.
"Most people are conscious of the speed limits when driving and I am sure would be happy to see the introduction of a 20mph limit.
"Currently youngsters cannot really play in the street outside their homes and a 20mph limit would certainly make it safer for them.
"Another place which would benefit from the lower speed limit would be Silver Street which is already very congested and used as a rat run."
Many streets in central, east and south Bristol have 20mph limits after the city council introduced them to improve safety.
In the past there have been calls by Nailsea residents for the 40mph speed limit at Queen's Road in the town to be reduced to 30mph in a bid to make the route - part of the ring road around the town – safer.
Pedestrians said they often took their life in their hands crossing the road. But despite mounting pressure, North Somerset highways officers said the change in speed limit was not necessary.
A change in the current speed limits would require a traffic regulation order, which is likely to cost North Somerset Council thousands of pounds to implement. New 20mph limits have already been introduced in other parts of the district.
As part of the changes to Portishead's Cabstand junction and improvements to the town centre a 20mph limit was introduced along the High Street last year.
A voluntary 20mph limit has also been introduced in Yatton after an agreement between the parish council, Partners And Community Together group and local businesses. It followed concerns about the level of speed of some large vehicles, many of which are used by the larger businesses, through the High Street.