Gloucester city centre set to slow down to 20mph speed limit
TRAFFIC is set to be clamped down to 20mph across the whole of Gloucester city centre.
All roads inside the A430 inner ring road are likely to be brought down to the lower limit as early as next year.
Barry Leach, chairman of the Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership, was delighted at the news.
“We have been pressing for this for about three years as part of the national Twenty’s Plenty campaign,” he said. “It’s safer, it will lower emissions, and there will be less noise.”
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The plan, which is expected go out to public consultation, would see roads inside the A430 Gouda Way, Black Dog Way, Bruton Way, Trier Way with a 20mph limit. Those roads would stay at the limits they are already at.
Then from the junction of Trier Way, Bristol Road, and St Ann Way, Southgate Street would be under a 20mph limit, with Commercial Road, the Quay, Royal Oak Road, Westgate Island/St Oswald’s Road, and Priory Road forming the rest of the boundary.
Those roads could see their limit cut to 20mph but no decision has been made.
Currently only Kimbrose Triangle and part of Southgate Street are 20mph zones.
Greg Piontek, of the Miss Silver shop in Commercial Road, said: “The 20mph limit could work well but people have to know it’s there and it has to be enforced.”
Fifteen gateways would need to be signed and it would fit in with work planned to narrow the road from three lanes to two at The Quay.
It’s programmed to be done in 2014/15 but no definite timetable for the work has been set yet.
Taxi driver Sal Kala of Gloucester Station Taxis, reckoned it is a good idea.
“People are in too much of a rush and they don’t pay attention on the roads,” he said. “I think it’s a good idea.”
Area manager for Gloucestershire Highways, Jason Humm said: “We’ve been working with the city council and the city centre partnership and are delighted to have the opportunity to progress the scheme.
“A consistent 20mph limit in the city centre will improve the environment for everyone, making it a safer place to walk, cycle and drive.
“There are already short sections of 20mph in parts of the city and money from the government’s Local Sustainable Transport Funding means these can be extended.
“One of the benefits will be reduced and simplified signage making the limits clearer for drivers.”