Discussion about 20mph zones in Wakefield district

02/10/2018, PR8888

​A new policy for 20mph road schemes in the district is to be considered by councillors next week.

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​Members of Wakefield's Cabinet, meeting on October 8, at Ossett Town Hall, will discuss a proposal which, if approved, would help to guide decision-making on the introduction of new schemes outside schools, in busy residential areas and in town and city centres.

Wakefield Council first brought in 20mph schemes in the district 25 years ago.  Recent in-depth studies carried out elsewhere in England, have indicated a range  of health and well-being of benefits which supports work led by Wakefield Council's Public Health team.

Cllr Matthew Morley
Cllr Matthew Morley

​Cllr Matthew Morley, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways at Wakefield Council, said: "With evidence growing which shows the benefits of 20mph schemes, we are considering introducing a 20mph speed limit policy for busy places where lots of people gather, such as outside schools, in areas that are densely populated and near to shops and public facilities."

Councillors are being asked to approve the proposal, which supports the Council's health, transport and economic development priorities to deliver successful businesses, people and places.

If the policy is approved the Council would introduce 20mph schemes on a priority basis, which would be assessed on certain criteria including how it would reduce the risk of accidents and speed of traffic and improve the environment.  The promotion and support for a scheme by local residents and school travel plans ould also be taken into account.

The Cabinet meeting on Monday 8 October is being held at Ossett Town Hall from 10.30am to 12pm.

The meeting will be streamed live on the day, or can be watched on the Council's website later at: www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream

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