Clearer Speed Management Strategy on the way for Hertfordshire’s roads
Over the summer, Hertfordshire County Council consulted on an updated strategy for setting speed limits on the county’s roads, including clearer guidance on the introduction of 20mph areas that aim to improve conditions for people walking and cycling.
The strategy includes a framework for setting speed limits so that they are more consistently applied across the road network, reflecting the design of the road and the way it is used. It also provides clearer guidelines on the measures (such as traffic calming, signing and technology) that can be used to reinforce those limits.
Following the consultation, the Speed Management Strategy was debated at the county council’s Highways and Environment Cabinet Panel, and will now go to the council’s Cabinet to be formally adopted.
Phil Bibby, cabinet member for highways and environment, said: “We want Hertfordshire’s roads to be safe for all road users, and making sure we have the right speed limits in the right places is an important part of that.
“In particular, we want people to feel safe walking and cycling, and to make sure that residential areas and town centres feel like safe and pleasant places.”
The Speed Management Strategy supports the county council’s Local Transport Plan, which sets out the vision for transport in Hertfordshire, and in particular how active travel such as walking and cycling can play a bigger role in helping people get around.
The Highways and Environment Cabinet Panel papers, including the Speed Management Strategy, are online at: https://democracy.hertfordshire.gov.uk/mgAi.aspx?ID=3967#mgDocuments