Calls for 20mph city centre roads gathering pace
CALLS are growing for all roads in Gloucester city centre to have a 20mph speed limit.
Currently only Kimbrose Triangle and part of Southgate Street are 20mph, with other roads in the city having a 30mph limit.
However, Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership (GCCCP) is campaigning for all roads within the inner ring road – within St Ann Way, Trier Way, Bruton Way, Black Dog Way, and Gouda Way – to be made 20mph.
Barry Leach, chairman of the GCCCP, said: "It is something we have been in favour of for quite some time.
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"It was first brought in as an idea by Gloucestershire County Council some time ago when the Linkages was being discussed and we supported it then. The ultimate aim should be to have all the roads in the urban centre of the city made a 20mph limit.
"The advantages are that everyone knows what speed to drive at if there is one overarching limit. It will also save a lot of money in terms of signage as you will only need one 20mph limit sign at each point of entry into the city. It is obviously also much safer too.
"Enforcement could be an issue, but I guess you could say that about any speed limit, such as the 70mph one on the motorways."
Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: "I think you can make a strong case for a 20mph speed limit in the city centre, just as you can near schools, as often it isn't safe or even possible to drive any faster than that.
"I would want to see wide public consultation and ultimately it would be a matter for the county council as highway authority."
Gloucester city councillor Paul Toleman (C, Westgate) has backed the idea.
He said: "I think it would be a good thing for the city centre. It would make it a lot safer.
"I know Kimbrose Triangle is 20mph and it seems to be working well there so I don't see why it wouldn't work elsewhere."
Gloucestershire County Council confirmed talks have taken place and they have not ruled out changes being made to the roads in the future.
A spokesman said: "We are aware of the concerns raised by the partnership.
"The safety of local people on the county's roads is a priority for the council and we will always look to work with local organisations and residents to make improvements where appropriate."