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Trials show residents want lower home zone speed limits

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RESTRICTING CARS to 20mph in residential 'home zones' does not encourage people to use their street more, according to a new government study.

A five-year study by consultant Babtie found that most residents want 10mph speed limits in home zones to make streets safe for their children.

The survey of residents in six towns in the North West, where home zones have been trialled, found that people would still not walk, cycle or spend more time in their street even after the 30mph limit was reduced to 20mph.

While supporting the 20mph zones, most residents wanted the limit within the zone lowered further to 10mph.

'To instill confidence into residents and allow them to undertake such activities, a further reduced speed limit and the reallocation of road space may be necessary to create a safer environment, ' said a Babtie spokesman this week.

The report, commissioned by the Department of Transport Local Government & the Regions, highlights lower speeds, less noise and reduced personal injury accidents in the six survey zones. But levels of walking, cycling and children playing in the street had not risen.

INFOPLUS For a copy of the report, priced £35, call Jodie Mairs at Babtie on 0161 962 1214.

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