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HWA publishes its response to council’s 20mph proposals

(Posted: Saturday 15th December 2018)

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The Hampton Wick Association strongly opposes the blanket implementation of a 20mph speed limit across all roads in the Borough.

STOP PRESS: Our friends at The Teddington Society confirm that they “are standing shoulder to shoulder” with us on this issue.

We believe it is vitally important to discriminate between side/residential roads and main roads*. There is a hierarchy of roads in this country from motorways down to small residential roads. Each level in the hierarchy is designed to carry traffic at reasonably safe speeds for that designation. No-one would suggest a 70mph limit on a residential side-road, just as no-one would suggest a 20mph limit on a motorway.

Main roads are designed to carry traffic at 30mph. Visibility, parking, pavement widths, pedestrian crossings, refuges etc have all been carefully planned over many years to make these roads as safe as possible with 30mph traffic. At strategic points…

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