New 20mph speed limits in Cambridgeshire to be fast-tracked
In October Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) proposed new 20mph speed limits across the county to come into force from next year. However, a new process agreed upon by a CCC committee has meant the speed limits will be fast-tracked in 13 different areas.
There are currently 14 new 20mph zones being introduced across the county, but that is set to increase due to new proposals which were voted through yesterday (December 6). The council’s Highways and Transport Committee has set aside £400,000 up to 2024/25 to introduce new 20mph zones.
CCC says the changes will improve road safety, encourage more active travel and to reduce noise and pollution. Councillor Neil Shailer, vice-chair of the highways and transport committee, said: “20mph zones are proven to reduce road collisions, so I am delighted it will now be easier to get new schemes approved.
“We are determined to make our roads safer and to reduce pollution – both of which are a priority for the Joint Administration.” One of the current 20mph projects, in Oakington and Westwick, has been completed which, combined with a new footpath and traffic calming measures, has resulted in a reduction of the average speed from 36mph to 24mph.
The application process for new 20mph zones is expected to open next February with approvals coming in July. The committee also heard about objections as part of consultations into proposed 20mph schemes in Barton, Somersham, Godmanchester and Duxford but decided to progress each one.
In October, a motion calling on the council to establish a policy to implement 20mph – rather than 30mph – as the default speed limit on any new residential road as part of the planning process was approved. It was noted that the requirements for a 20mph restriction to be provided on new developments will be adopted as county council policy.