08:47AM, Friday 07 October 2016
Plans to introduce a new 20mph speed limit in central Windsor in a drive to boost road safety could soon become a reality.
The idea was discussed at a meeting of the Windsor Town Forum held at the Guildhall on Tuesday.
The Royal Borough’s strategic manager of highways and transport, Ben Smith, told the forum the scheme could be introduced by next March.
He said: “A relatively moderate restriction of vehicle speeds will improve road safety and would make people comfortable with cycling and walking in that area.”
The ‘draft provisional’ area covers roads between the High Street and Alma Road.
The scheme would require large 20mph signs at the entry to the speed limit area. There would be no physical changes like speed bumps or cameras but the limits would be enforceable by police.
The proposal cites Clarence Road and Alma Road as examples of roads unlikely to be suitable for the limit despite being in the zone.
It says a 20mph limit would be ‘unlikely to be well respected’ due to the residential frontage with no facilities like shops and schools.
Cllr Malcolm Alexander (Con, Eton and Castle), vice chairman of the forum, supported the proposal in principle but said the council should look carefully at which roads would change.
He said: “I wouldn’t wish to see it imposed everywhere.
“If you’re coming off the Windsor bypass at 60mph and have to go down to 20mph in Arthur Road you’re going to think you’ve stopped and could walk quicker.
“But it is like most things – there will be good bits and bad bits.
“My worry is that we would spend all the money on the consultation and the signs, and people would ignore it.”
He added: “We also have to think about who is going to actively enforce it.
“The police are so busy as it is.”
Now a draft area has been chosen, speed surveys will be carried out this month to confirm the suitability of the roads.
Residents can have their say on the proposals in a six-week consultation period, expected to start before the end of the year.
Information will be made available through the borough website.
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