Less congestion at 20mph limit

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BRIAN Beck could not be more wrong when he lists the consequences of introducing 20mph speed limits in towns (Downside of 20mph limit).

Actually even with the same number of cars passing through the town there would be less congestion (and pollution) as congestion is related to the number of junctions (where traffic has to slow down) rather than the top speed you can achieve elsewhere. A 20mph limit smoothes out the traffic flows and make the driving experience more pleasant (less gear changing and accelerating and braking) as well as a better and safer experience for pedestrians (and less need for expensive pedestrian crossings).

This means more people will walk and parents will feel easier about allowing their children to walking.

This is the view from the friends of the motorists too. The AA 2008 report “Fuel for Thought” says that 20mph speed limits in residential areas are popular and improve safety. Along shorter roads with junctions and roundabouts, limiting acceleration to up to 20pm reduces fuel consumption”.

And the DfT have backed this too in their guidance which says: “driving more slowly at a steady pace saves fuel and carbon dioxide emissions, unless an unnecessarily low gear is used”

We at Lewes Living Streets also want to take out all the speed bumps. But only after we have a town wide 20mph limit where the six roads into Lewes have very clear “Lewes is a 20mph Town … all roads 20mph from here” signs at the edge of the residential areas.

The Town Council have given their support and offered £5,000 to kick start the scheme. The government have changed the rules to make it easier and cheaper to implement. Now we have to persuade East Sussex County Council …

Kevin Moore

Chairman of Lewes Living Streets.