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20mph speed zones may be put into place
A SHAKE-UP of speed limits could see 20mph zones imposed for residential areas, if there is enough public support.
Herefordshire Council has launched the transport review through its Local Transport Plan which could affect the Ledbury area.
The zones will be rolled out instead of speed bumps, although sleeping policemen could still be installed if drivers ignored the limit.
Ledbury people have until Friday, November 16, to make their views known with a consultation process.
The move has already been welcomed by Anne Kettle, of the Hereford Road Action Group, who believes a 20mph limit could make the road far safer between The Homend junction and the Leadon Way roundabout in Ledbury.
“This [consultation] is a good thing,” she said. “It’s not just the cars on that short stretch of the Hereford Road, it is the heavy lorries, and I would not be against a 20mph speed limit.
“There are children getting on and off buses and many entry points.”
Pressure is mounting to do something about the Herefordshire Road over mounting concerns about speeding.
Action group member David Kettle recently told the town council reports of cars travelling along the road at 70mph were “no exaggeration”.
The road’s limit is 30mph.
Mr Kettle, of Challenger Close, formed the road safety pressure group in 2009, with wife Anne.
Following the transport review, the 20mph zones in residential areas will only be imposed “where there is support”.
The review proposal states: “Implementation of 20mph residential zones will not include speed bumps unless schemes fail to have the desired affect.”
The action group is not calling for speed bumps, but Mr Kettle has suggested putting up speed indication devices (SIDS) – telling drivers how quickly they are driving.
Consultation responses can be made online at herefordshire.gov.uk/ltpconsultation.
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