A proposal to turn the majority of Preston’s city centre into a 20mph zone has been put on the backburner.Advertisement
Lancashire County Council have shelved the latest stage of cutting the speed limit on all minor roads.
Instead a small area of Frenchwood will have the new speed limit enforced until the Fishergate roadworks are finished.
A report to the cabinet member for transport, county councillor John Fillis, states: “This scheme originally proposed the introduction of 20mph speed limits in the Avenham, Fulwood and city centre area of Preston.
“Works associated with the Fishergate Central Gateway Project began during March 2013 and would overlap the work required to implement the 20mph speed limits.
“It is therefore recommended not to introduce the 20mph speed limit scheme at this time.”
More than £26,000 was set aside for the city centre scheme.
The Boulvard along the Ribble and its surroundings streets of Ashworth Grove, Malvern Avenue, Ashworth Lane, Carlton Drive, Malvern Street, Esplanade and Lawrence Avenue.
County councillor Yousuf Motala who represents the Preston city area said: “The issue of speeding in the Boulevard area has been regularly raised by residents at PACT meetings. A lot of cars come down the road and surrounding roads too quickly.
“We had a fatality in the area a few years ago due to speeding so the 20 mph zones are welcomed.
“However we will monitor and I believe these areas only really work with enforcement. I will be speaking to the cabinet member for transport about harder measures, such as speed humps, if these zones have little affect on speeding.”
The county council is cutting the speed limit on all residential roads in Lancashire to 20mph in a bid to improve road safety.
You can view the full report on the county council website.
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