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Pedestrians set to gain rights of way


LIBERAL DEMOCRAT MPs on the Transport Standing Committee this week won support for a plan to give pedestrians priority over motorists within designated home zones.

The proposed new clause to the Transport Bill, which will be introduced by MPs Don Foster and Michael Moore, gained support this week despite originally being dismissed by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety in the launch of pilot home zones last year.

The clause will 'designate any restricted residential road or roads within their area and for which they are the traffic authority as a quiet lane'. It adds that 'pedestrians and pedal cyclists have precedence on any highway and in relation to which the driver of any mechanically powered vehicle shall accord such precedence to any pedestrian or pedal cyclist and the speed limit does not exceed 10mph'.

The proposed clause was also a recommendation of the Urban Taskforce report in June. However, it was later rejected by Robert Gifford of the PACTS.

Gifford said this week: 'There has been no guidance on what home zones should be like, and how much should be spent on traffic calming measures. In some home zones such as Lambeth there is nothing to know that it's a home zone apart from the sign.'

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