20mph speed limit in three-village trial near Winchester

Andover Advertiser: Lower speed limit for villages near Winchester Lower speed limit for villages near Winchester

THREE Hampshire villages are set to see 20 miles per hour speed limits introduced in a county council pilot scheme.

Micheldever, Chilbolton in the Test Valley and Dummer near Basingstoke are set to see traffic speed cut in a 12-month experiment.

Surveys and questionnaires will then be undertaken to see if the limit should be introduced more widely.

Residents in Micheldever have been lobbying for 20 mph for several years. The village has a primary school, shop, pub and church.

Chilbolton was chosen because it has few pavements but a shop, pub and church.

Dummer Parish Council first requested 20mph more than five years ago. It declined a 30mph limit because it felt 20 was more suitable.

The county council Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, Sean Woodward, is due to make a decision on Tuesday May 6.

Afterwards villagers will be consulted on the extent of the 20 mph zone. Speed surveys will also be undertaken.

Where residents clearly favour the limit a traffic order will be advertised. The earliest date for the new limits is January 2015.

Twenty mph schemes are currently being introduced in urban residential areas including Winnall and Stanmore in Winchester.

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5:53pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Belgarum says...

What a waste of money, blighting the landscape with all these unnecessary signs proclaiming an unenforceable speed limit.

Oxford have just announced that the £300k that they have spend implementing a 20mph limit (that's enough money to keep 8 libraries open!) has reduced traffic speeds by - wait for it - 0.85mph.
What a waste of money, blighting the landscape with all these unnecessary signs proclaiming an unenforceable speed limit. Oxford have just announced that the £300k that they have spend implementing a 20mph limit (that's enough money to keep 8 libraries open!) has reduced traffic speeds by - wait for it - 0.85mph. Belgarum
  • Score: -2

6:37pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Grumpyaswell says...

I agree with Belgarum. What a waste of money, drivers take no notice of the 30 MPH limits so what makes anybody think they will take any notice of a 20MPH limit? Stupid, the money could have been better spent elsewhere.
I agree with Belgarum. What a waste of money, drivers take no notice of the 30 MPH limits so what makes anybody think they will take any notice of a 20MPH limit? Stupid, the money could have been better spent elsewhere. Grumpyaswell
  • Score: -2

10:40pm Sun 27 Apr 14

jmk210884 says...

Above comments have shocked me. Look at the bigger picture if people drove more sensibly it wouldn't be needed so whose fault is it that this has to be done and money wasted BAD DRIVERS!
Above comments have shocked me. Look at the bigger picture if people drove more sensibly it wouldn't be needed so whose fault is it that this has to be done and money wasted BAD DRIVERS! jmk210884
  • Score: 5

8:15pm Wed 30 Apr 14

chumpster says...

jmk210884 wrote:
Above comments have shocked me. Look at the bigger picture if people drove more sensibly it wouldn't be needed so whose fault is it that this has to be done and money wasted BAD DRIVERS!
But the bad drivers will ignore any speed limit, so it wont make much difference to them. Meanwhile, everyone else will be driving so slowly the flies will be hitting the BACK of their cars...
[quote][p][bold]jmk210884[/bold] wrote: Above comments have shocked me. Look at the bigger picture if people drove more sensibly it wouldn't be needed so whose fault is it that this has to be done and money wasted BAD DRIVERS![/p][/quote]But the bad drivers will ignore any speed limit, so it wont make much difference to them. Meanwhile, everyone else will be driving so slowly the flies will be hitting the BACK of their cars... chumpster
  • Score: -5

8:41pm Wed 30 Apr 14

jmk210884 says...

Well let them deal with that. Personally I think anything that improves road safety is better than watching a white coffin heading towards Basingstoke crematorium because some one was racing through a village. Maybe if you lived in one of these villages you would understand. Having had to clear up messes from speeding drivers you kinda get a new perspective on being late and going that bit faster.
Well let them deal with that. Personally I think anything that improves road safety is better than watching a white coffin heading towards Basingstoke crematorium because some one was racing through a village. Maybe if you lived in one of these villages you would understand. Having had to clear up messes from speeding drivers you kinda get a new perspective on being late and going that bit faster. jmk210884
  • Score: 11

8:40am Thu 1 May 14

Grumpyaswell says...

While all these comments are very valid it doesn't alter the fact that a lower speed limit won't make any difference. Some drivers will still ignore the limit. We have the same problem in our village. What it needs are either speed humps or road restrictions to slow the drivers down.
While all these comments are very valid it doesn't alter the fact that a lower speed limit won't make any difference. Some drivers will still ignore the limit. We have the same problem in our village. What it needs are either speed humps or road restrictions to slow the drivers down. Grumpyaswell
  • Score: 8

9:02am Thu 1 May 14

jmk210884 says...

Grumpyaswell wrote:
While all these comments are very valid it doesn't alter the fact that a lower speed limit won't make any difference. Some drivers will still ignore the limit. We have the same problem in our village. What it needs are either speed humps or road restrictions to slow the drivers down.
Agree, but I'd rather they waste money trying anything that sat doing nothing waiting for someone to get ran over killed hurt! They are putting pinch points in the area also to slow traffic down.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpyaswell[/bold] wrote: While all these comments are very valid it doesn't alter the fact that a lower speed limit won't make any difference. Some drivers will still ignore the limit. We have the same problem in our village. What it needs are either speed humps or road restrictions to slow the drivers down.[/p][/quote]Agree, but I'd rather they waste money trying anything that sat doing nothing waiting for someone to get ran over killed hurt! They are putting pinch points in the area also to slow traffic down. jmk210884
  • Score: -8

9:21am Thu 1 May 14

Sting like a bee says...

Well said jmk210884
Well said jmk210884 Sting like a bee
  • Score: -11

6:47pm Thu 1 May 14

winchester resident says...

Grumpyaswell wrote:
While all these comments are very valid it doesn't alter the fact that a lower speed limit won't make any difference. Some drivers will still ignore the limit. We have the same problem in our village. What it needs are either speed humps or road restrictions to slow the drivers down.
Hopefully most of the drivers who would ignore the limit will be behind those keeping it.
As I understand it, this is by wish of the villagers and not something imposed on them.
Are people suggesting that the villagers are wrong to ask for slower speeds in their villages?
[quote][p][bold]Grumpyaswell[/bold] wrote: While all these comments are very valid it doesn't alter the fact that a lower speed limit won't make any difference. Some drivers will still ignore the limit. We have the same problem in our village. What it needs are either speed humps or road restrictions to slow the drivers down.[/p][/quote]Hopefully most of the drivers who would ignore the limit will be behind those keeping it. As I understand it, this is by wish of the villagers and not something imposed on them. Are people suggesting that the villagers are wrong to ask for slower speeds in their villages? winchester resident
  • Score: 3

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