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Accidents still a problem in 20mph zones

Speeding issue: Figures have suggested accidents are not being prevented in 20mph zones in Blackpool, while community leaders say speeding is still a problem

Speeding issue: Figures have suggested accidents are not being prevented in 20mph zones in Blackpool, while community leaders say speeding is still a problem

The introduction of 20mph zones is not preventing road accidents in Blackpool, council figures show.

Community leaders say too many drivers are still ignoring the restrictions which have been adopted around a number of schools and on Mereside and Grange Park housing estates.

Council figures show road accidents are still happening in neighbourhoods which have adopted 20mph limits.

It comes as a leading motoring organisation has warned that putting up 20mph signs is not enough to prevent accidents.

Nationally the number of serious accidents on 20mph roads increased by more than a quarter last year, according to analysis of Government data by road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Here in Blackpool, town hall figures show in both Revoe and Mereside there have been 15 accidents since 20mph zones were introduced in 2010. There have been 18 accidents in the Talbot area (streets between Talbot Road, Church Street and Devonshire Road) since a 20mph zone was adopted in 2009, and 27 in the area of Highfield Road, where there is a 20mph restriction between Abbey Road and Lytham Road.

There are no figures available for Grange Park, but Terry Bennett, of the Grange Park Community Partnership, said; “A number of younger drivers seem to try and see how fast they can go over the speed humps so traffic calming has had the reverse effect.

“But those with posher cars do slow down. We have had complaints about speeding drivers on Dinmore Avenue and the police have been monitoring that.”

Julie Bascombe, chairman of Revoe Area Forum, said: “A lot of people don’t seem to pay attention to the 20mph signs.

“Flashing signs would be a stronger reminder to people to slow down.”

‘No plans to follow county’

Lancashire County Council is adopting 20mph limits on all its residential roads.
Vali Birang, head of sustainable transport and safety, said: “Interim results of an independent assessment into the first two phases of the programme show overall casualties have reduced by almost 30 per cent in those areas which have been studied, which is very promising.”

Coun John Jones, Blackpool Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said Blackpool was unlikely to follow Lancashire’s lead.

He added: “We will continue to monitor these statistics closely, however, it is extremely unlikely we will follow a scheme similar to that in Lancashire and make all residential roads 20mph, at the present time.”

 

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