More 20 mph zones for Essex

More 20 mph zones could be on the way for residential roads in Essex, following a vote yesterday at Essex County Council. The Liberal Democrat group proposed a motion to encourage communities to make suggestions of roads in Essex where this would be appropriate.

20 mph speed limit signMoving the motion, Lib Dem Leader Mike Mackrory said:

"Research shows that typically a reduction of up to 20% in road accidents could follow from the introduction of 20 mph zones. Many councils across the country have already introduced a general 20mph limit in residential roads.

"13.5 million UK residents already benefit from slower traffic and it should be better for Essex residents too. I am delighted that this issue has cross-party support."

Seconding the motion, Cllr Jude Deakin [Chelmsford West] said: "Quieter and safer streets will benefit all our communities. It will encourage more people to walk, which is healthier, and make it safer for children to play."

The Conservative majority said that they did not support a general policy of 20 mph for all residential roads.