20mph speed limit begins in Winchester City Centre

The boundaries of Winchester's new 20mph zone

The boundaries of Winchester's new 20mph zone

First published in Winchester Andover Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A CONTROVERSIAL new 20mph speed limit has come into force in Winchester city centre.

The new 20mph zone roughly follows the old Roman walls around the city centre and reaches parts of Hyde.

Reducing the limit from 30mph, one of the city's biggest traffic decisions in years, is designed to reduce carbon emissions and encourage more people to walk or cycle to work. Roundel road markings are in place and signs are due to be completed next month.

County councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport & Environment, said the limit had “very widespread support” from police, city council, local county councillors and the public. He said: “What we're not trying to do is catch motorists out with the speed limits. It's about trying to change the way Winchester city centre feels to people.”

“The scheme will be finished by the end of September,” he added. “There aren't speed guns on the roads yet.

”Plans to impose the limit were confirmed by city councillors in April.

At the meeting, opponents of the scheme raised concerns that 20mph limits elsewhere had not reduced speeding.

Peter Grant, chairman of the St Swithun Street and Symonds Street resident's association, said: “We have already had experience of the 20mph limits. It was introduced in 2012 and it had a shocking increase in speeding of five times. That is such an incredible increase that we have to stop and take recognition of it.

“Unless this is enforced, frankly, you are all wasting your money. Maybe it will make you feel better but there's no evidence it will help.

”Speed limits have already been reduced in Stanmore, Winnall and Highcliffe after successful pilot schemes.

Winchester City Council is executing the plans on behalf of the county council, who have discussed the new limit for over a decade.

Portsmouth became the first city in the UK to introduce a 20mph limit in 2006.

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8:34pm Tue 26 Aug 14

chumpster says...

Last time I drove in a 20mph zone I got overtaken by 2 push bikes. Refusing to speed to avoid them, I couldn't get away from them and it was dangerous as they were always undertaking me, 20mph on a push bike is a doddle these days, especially down North Walls, so that will be fun...

And the Co2 claim is nonsense, it will barely reduce emissions as most of it is created by traffic pulling away from standstill at lights in places where 30mph is already hard to achieve (such as outside McDonalds). Or by buses and lorries.

Elsewhere, in side roads such as Parchment street, 20mph makes more sense, but I doubt many drive over this speed now, so what is the point of all the cost? What change in behaviour will this actually bring?

And why would I bike or walk into town, rather than drive just because of a speed limit change? What a bonkers claim to make!

Flawed to the core. What an utter, utter waste of time and money this is.
Last time I drove in a 20mph zone I got overtaken by 2 push bikes. Refusing to speed to avoid them, I couldn't get away from them and it was dangerous as they were always undertaking me, 20mph on a push bike is a doddle these days, especially down North Walls, so that will be fun... And the Co2 claim is nonsense, it will barely reduce emissions as most of it is created by traffic pulling away from standstill at lights in places where 30mph is already hard to achieve (such as outside McDonalds). Or by buses and lorries. Elsewhere, in side roads such as Parchment street, 20mph makes more sense, but I doubt many drive over this speed now, so what is the point of all the cost? What change in behaviour will this actually bring? And why would I bike or walk into town, rather than drive just because of a speed limit change? What a bonkers claim to make! Flawed to the core. What an utter, utter waste of time and money this is. chumpster
  • Score: 9

10:18pm Tue 26 Aug 14

ascapola says...

To make a difference and unite the northern part of the 'intra-muros', the one-way system should be abandoned. So many north-south journeys are forced around the one-way system.
To make a difference and unite the northern part of the 'intra-muros', the one-way system should be abandoned. So many north-south journeys are forced around the one-way system. ascapola
  • Score: 3

11:54pm Tue 26 Aug 14

ColdenCommoner says...

Sounds like a great vanity project for someone.

I wonder what the average speed is in this zone anyway? Can't imagine it was any more than 20 anyway!
Sounds like a great vanity project for someone. I wonder what the average speed is in this zone anyway? Can't imagine it was any more than 20 anyway! ColdenCommoner
  • Score: 3
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