Are more 20mph zones on way?

MORE 20mph speed limits could be introduced in Calderdale before existing trials have been fully evaluated.

Zones were recently set up in the centre of Hebden Bridge, along Stainland Road, Greetland, and more are planned in Elland and Pellon, Halifax, following public consultation.

The zones can cost tends of thousands to implement.

The success or otherwise of the earlier schemes is still to be evaluated, according to Calderdale Council’s economy and environment director Ian Gray.

He said: “There is clear evidence that lowering speed reduces the number of collisions and where they do occur, there is a lower risk of fatal injury.

“To evaluate the effectiveness of new 20mph initiatives, speed monitoring is carried out and casualty data will be collected over three to five years,” he said in a scrutiny panel report.

When they meet on Wednesday, councillors will be told about growing demands in Calderdale for speed-calming measures. When the Stainland zone was introduced, the council consulted nearly 1,900 residents and only 19 objected.

About 3,500 households in Elland are due to be consulted at the end of August about whether they want 20mph speed limits on streets and around schools from March next year.

Scrutiny panel chairman David Hardy (Lib-Dem, Elland) said the safety of road users had to be the priority, so it was essential to look at how successful 20mph limits are.

“The key to introducing these limits is community consultation and listening to what people want,” he said.

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