Tag: 20mph

Relaxation of road sign rules and bureaucracy welcomed
29.12.2011 12:29:27

NEW Government rules will mean local councils have more say and flexibility when siting new road signs, including 20mph zones.

The plans were put before Parliament by Transport Minister Norman Baker to ensure councils will no longer need Whitehall approval to introduce certain new signs.

Mr Baker said: “I am bringing an end to the ludicrous situation where councils have to come to central government for permission to put up signs they need to use on a regular basis to manage their roads.

“This will also allow them to more easily introduce new signs - like those which will prevent satnavs directing huge lorries down narrow country lanes.

By adding these signs to the list of those which councils can use without needing Whitehall approval we will be reducing costs and bureaucracy as well making sure that the needs of 21st century drivers and cyclists are met.”

Tags: rules | road | Signs | Government | local | councils | 20mph | zones

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Review of 20mph Zone and Limit Implementation in England
21.09.2011 11:55:09

This work was commissioned to undertake a review of the implementation of 20mph zones and limits in England. It was part of the wider Local Road User Safety evaluation and Action Learning commission to consider where and when zones and limits are being implemented, the rationale for their use and the characteristics of supporting traffic calming measures. The findings have enhanced the understanding of the different approaches to 20mph zone and limit use and implementation.

The review and research study focused on two areas of 20 mph scheme development and use; the rationale for their use; and the quantity/variability of scheme designs and coverage. The study findings were derived using a combination of Department for Transport databases and primary data collated from a selection of case study Local Highway Authorities (LHA). The findings should therefore be considered within this context.

The main findings of the review are:
• There are an estimated 2,150 20 mph zones in operation in England.
• Case study evidence indicates that 96% of 20 mph zones take the form of vertical traffic calming/deflection measures, such as road humps. 1% of zones utilise horizontal measures, such as chicanes, and 3% contain a mix of vertical and horizontal measures.
• 10% of 20 mph measures in case study authorities are speed limit controlled areas, using signing only.
• The average case study LHA road network length incorporated within zones and limits is 2.7 km, with a range from less than 1 km to 25 km.
• In case study areas the percentage of the total LHA road network covered with 20 mph zones and limits varies from less than 1% to 44%.
• In forming the decision to introduce 20 mph zones and limits implementation in the vicinity of schools provided by far the strongest rationale. This rationale was not always supported by historic evidence from recorded casualties in the 20 mph zones and limits areas.
• The location of zones and limits did not appear to be linked to levels of social deprivation or the proximity to hospitals.



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