A CHESTER campaign group's mission for motorists to cut their speeds on residential roads has scooped a national award.

The 20's Plenty for Chester group was named a joint winner a of the National 20’s Plenty for Us Campaign Award for 2019.

The award was presented at the 10th National conference of 20’s Plenty for Us, held in Waltham Forest on October 31.

The award recognised exceptional voluntary work, perseverance and success.

20's Plenty for Chester was chosen from nearly 400 20's Plenty for Us campaigns in the UK.

Wyn Holroyd, from 20’s Plenty for Chester, started campaigning in 2006 because she realised that 20mph limits improve safety, health, the environment and the quality of community life.

After 10 years of campaigning, Cheshire West and Chester Council introduced 20mph speed limits in residential areas throughout the borough.

Wyn said: “We are delighted to receive this recognition. Chester is very fortunate that we have a local authority and Police and Crime Commissioner who are very supportive of 20mph - although it was not always the case!”

Recently revealed figures show 20mph limits have produced good results.

Although the campaign group says there has been little police enforcement so far and no money was available for educating the public, analysis of the first two years showed there were 52 per cent fewer collisions, 21 per cent fewer killed and seriously injured, plus 56 per cent fewer slight road traffic collisions.

there had also been a reduction of 0.7mph in average speed.

It has been calculated the cost saving in road traffic collisions was £3.1m.

The next goal for 20’s Plenty for Chester is city-wide 20mph default – all roads in the urban environment. Picture shows Wyn Holroyd receiving the award from from Matthew Baldwin, the EU’s European Coordinator for Road Safety/Sustainable Mobility. About 20’s Plenty for Chester: We campaign for 20mph limits as the default speed for Chester and the Borough, without humps or physical calming, where people work, shop and learn. For further information, please email: chester@20splentyforus.org.uk