"We need your views"
Calderdale residents have told us that road safety is one of their greatest concerns and the speed of traffic is frequently raised at ward forums and police meetings.
Since 2010 weâ€™ve responded by testing out 20mph speed limit areas in four parts of Calderdale with another two already planned.
Other councils have started to adopt a broader policy, where 20mph becomes the speed limit on residential streets.
The Councilâ€™s Cabinet support the plans for 20mph in all residential areas and we now want your views.
There are three options to consider:
a) Introduce 20mph speed limits in all residential areas of Calderdale
b) Introduce 20mph speed limits outside schools only
c) Continue to introduce 20mph speed limits in selected areas based on numbers of casualties
The consultation runs until 31 January 2014 and residents can give their views on the Calderdale website at www.calderdale.gov.uk/transport. In addition a number of drop in sessions have been organised at the following venues:
|Wednesday 27 November 2013
||3.00pm to 7.00pm
||Hebden Bridge Town Hall|
St Georgeâ€™s Street
Hebden Bridge HX7 7BY
|Thursday 28 November 2013
|3.00pm to 7.00pm
||Halifax Central Library|
Northgate HX1 1UN
|Wednesday 4 December 2013
||3.00pm to 7.00pm
||Brighouse Civic Hall|
Brighouse HD6 1RW
|Thursday 5 December 2013
||3.30pm to 7.00pm
||Sacred Heart & St Patrick RC Church|
Upper Bolton Brow
Sowerby Bridge HX6 2AL
Questions and Answers
Q Why introduce 20mph speed limits?
A The government has recommended that local authorities consider 20mph speed limits based on evidence that they make roads safer and reduce the number and severity of road traffic collisions.
Changing speed limits on residential streets is happening in many authorities across the country. Learning from experiences elsewhere, we expect the introduction of 20mph speed limits to reduce the number and severity of collisions across Calderdale. Other benefits of 20mph limits include improving quality of life and encouraging more active forms of travel like walking and cycling, which help make people healthier.
Q Which roads in Calderdale would be affected by the change?
A This depends on which of the three proposals is agreed as the most appropriate. All Calderdale communities and schools would need to be assessed for suitability. Generally, major roads and commuter routes would be unaffected to keep traffic moving and any 20mph speed limits would be concentrated in residential areas.
Q Who is paying for the scheme and how much will it all cost?
A All three options will be funded by Capital grants and contributions and the costs are an estimate at this stage.
If 20mph speed limits are introduced in all residential areas across Calderdale we expect the scheme to cost around Â£520k over a four year period.
Introducing a 20mph speed limit outside schools only would cost less - up to Â£325k. However, the road outside a school is only part of a childâ€™s journey and this would ignore other areas where children and vulnerable adults walk and cycle.
Continuing to introduce 20mph speed limits in selected areas based on numbers of casualties could eventually cost up to Â£1million but the programme would probably have to be extended over more years if smaller individual areas are treated separately.
Q What else will you be doing to improve road safety?
A We will continue to offer road safety education and training to schools and we will work with the police to improve driver behaviour and enforce where appropriate using new police guidelines.
We would like to know which 20mph option you would prefer. Give your views on the Calderdale website at www.calderdale.gov.uk/transport.