New 20mph speed limits 'will make community safer'


Staff reporter (Chester First)

PLANS to introduce 20mph zones in a community will make an estate a safer place, according to a ward councillor.

Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) carried out a collision investigation study after concerns were raised by Blacon residents due to the high volume of collisions in the area in recent years.

Between January 2010 and December 2012, 29 accidents and 30 casualties occurred in the area, prompting the study.

CWaC’s road safety engineering team is now recommending the introduction of the 20mph zone in an area of Blacon between Saughall Road and Sealand Road.

Blacon councillor Reggie Jones welcomed the plans, claiming the introduction of the scheme – which will cost about £12,500 – would make the area a much safer place for pedestrians and motorists alike.

“We have been concerned for a long time about the amount of traffic and the number of accidents and near misses that have occurred,” said Cllr Jones.

“The collision report highlighted the areas of Blacon that needed to be addressed.

“At present, there are areas that are more dangerous than others and the plans to introduce these speeding restrictions are a good thing and make perfect sense.”

Cllr Jones pointed to areas near Highfield Primary School, on Blacon Point Road – where parents raised  concerns about safety following a number of near misses – as being those where heavy volumes of traffic caused a danger to pedestrians, many of whom are schoolchildren.

“If you look at the problems around the Highfield Primary School there is a real need for traffic calming measures to be put in place,” said Cllr Jones. “There is heavy traffic in that area, with buses, construction vehicles and normal traffic movement causing severe problems, especially around pick up and drop of times at the school.” Cllr Jones said the proposed introduction of the scheme had been welcomed by residents and, at a recent meeting, there were no objections to the plans.

“People I speak to have been in favour of introducing the speeding restrictions,” said Cllr Jones.

“I think residents see there is a need for us to have these measures.

“Ultimately, I think having a 20mph zone will make Blacon a safer place, especially for out children, and that can only be a good thing.”

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