Calls to make 20mph default speed limit for the Cotswolds

There are calls to make 20mph the default speed limit for the Cotswolds.

Cotswold District Council state this will improve road safety in areas where vulnerable road users and vehicles mix and that resident’s ‘overwhelmingly support’ the ’20 is plenty’ scheme.

Cllr Jenny Forde, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “I can’t help thinking that our children will be in disbelief when they look back at our love of cars and driving fast.

“Much like not wearing seat belts, drink driving and smoking in public places. Looking back at all of these things, it seems incredible now that we ever thought this was acceptable.

“The simple fact is that if you hit a pedestrian – they have a much greater chance of surviving if your speed is lower. The risk of a fatal injury when hitting a pedestrian at 40mph is 90 per cent and reduces to 2.5 per cent at 20mph.

“Approximately two-thirds of all crashes in which people are killed or injured happen on roads with a speed limit of 30mph. We want to ensure our district is as safe as it can be.

“That’s why we are calling on Gloucestershire County Council to consult the county’s district councils, parish councils and communities to identify all the roads which should adopt a 20mph speed limit no later than 30 April 2025.

“We are also reaching out to our town and parish council’s to encourage them to sign up to the Community Speedwatch scheme and to consider purchasing their own speed guns.”

The ‘20mph is Plenty’ motion was put forward to Cotswold District Council’s meeting on September 22 and received unanimous approval from councillors.

In response, a Gloucestershire County Council spokesperson said: “The safety of our roads is a top priority.

“We are currently listening and working with communities, the Police and Crime Commissioner and the fire service to develop a road safety policy. This will include a range of measures, including 20mph speed limits.

“Although we have not finalised this policy, new speed limits are likely to be brought in on a case by case basis, following requests from town and parish councils, rather than across a whole district, to best serve local needs.”

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