20mph plans branded ‘ridiculous’

Alan Marsh, chairman of Fleetwood Town Council
Alan Marsh, chairman of Fleetwood Town Council
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PLANS for a blanket 20mph speed limit in a Fylde coast town were today branded as “ridiculous.”

Only stretches of highway on Fleetwood Road, Broadway, Poulton Road and Amounderness Way will be retained at 30mph under Lancashire County Council’s plans for Fleetwood.

Every other street in the port, no matter how small, has been included in the safety scheme.

Even Poulton Grove, which runs off a back street and is just 12 paces long, would have the limit.

Chairman of Fleetwood Town Council, Coun Alan Marsh, said: “I support 20mph outside schools and where there are accident blackspots.

Ridiculous

“But I have a problem with this blanket thing.

“I think it’s totally ridiculous.”

Taxi drivers were also alarmed by the possibility.

Stephen Gane, a cabbie for 20 years, said: “I think it’s a bit over the top.

“I understand it from a safety point of view, but it’s too much.

“If you have 30mph you can’t get faster than that any way because the traffic is getting worse.”

But Lancashire County Council has defended the plan as cheaper than other traffic calming measures.

Mike Kirby, director of transportation and strategic highways, said: “Estimates put the cost of a single death on the roads at around £1.6m and the cost of serious injuries is correspondingly high in terms of the ongoing cost of healthcare, benefits and lost productivity.

“The scheme will be good value for money if it contributes to the continued reduction in the numbers of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.

“It would cost around 10 times as much to provide physical traffic calming outside schools and in residential areas and we are prepared to work hard over the long term to convince everyone of the benefits of reducing speeds in these locations.”

Members of the public have until December 7 to give their views.