New 20mph speed limits set to be introduced in Leicestershire
New 20mph speed limits are set to be put in place on 19 streets across Belgrave – where a number of traffic calming measures will be installed to make sure drivers don’t drive too fast.
Residents living near Abbey Mead Primary Academy, in Ross Walk, Belgrave, backed the tighter speed restrictions in a recent consultation.
The streets to be included in the new scheme include those between the River Soar north of Abbey Park, extending as far as the existing 20mph zone to the west of Belgrave Road.
The new restrictions will link up with an existing 20mph zone which is already in place covering the streets off Belgrave Road and Melton Road.
The changes are going to cost around £64,000 and will be funded by Leicester City Council’s Active Travel and Road Safety budget for the 2021/22 financial year.
The full list of the 19 streets involved are as follows:
- Vicarage Lane
- Belgrave Avenue
- Elmdale Street
- Shirley Street
- Asha Margh
- Holden Street
- Ross Walk
- Charles Bennion Walk
- Pearson Avenue
- McKay Avenue
- Moccasin Avenue
- Sandal Avenue
- Union Street
- Brogue Street
- Hildyard Road
- Hunter Road
- Dundonald Road
- Majorie Street
- Abbey Park Street
Police do not officially enforce 20mph speed restrictions so traffic calming measures will need to be installed to make sure drivers stick to the new limits.
These include speed cushions along Ross Walk, along with full-width speed humps at the road’s junction with Holden Street.
Rows of bollards will also be put in place near the junction of McKay Avenue and Ross Walk to deter pavement parking and improve safety for pedestrians.
A “build out” and full-width speed hump will also be put in place on Bruin Street near to Ross Walk, which is intended to reduce the crossing distance and slow down traffic.
Detailed designs and traffic orders relating to the changes are being drawn up, with a view to the measures being installed in February 2022.
There were 157 local residents who responded to the council’s consultation, with 90 per cent of them supporting the introduction of the 20mph speed limit, while 87 per cent supported traffic-calming measures.
Letters are now being sent to residents updating them on the plans.
Leicester deputy city mayor for environment and transportation, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: “Many of the surrounding streets already have a 20mph limit in place, and this latest work connects the schemes on either side of Belgrave Road, and those east of Abbey Lane.
“Those who took part in the public consultation firmly backed the introduction of these measures, which will be in place early in the new year.
“Since the start of a major programme of 20mph zones began in 2011, measures have been brought in on well over 1,200 streets across the city, and around three quarters of the city’s schools are now in areas with 20mph speed limits.
“Together these measures help improve safety and can help encourage more people to cycle or walk to school instead of using the car.”