Durham County Council are now consulting with two schools in Spennymoor, Rosa Street and King Street, in regards to introducing a 20 mph Part-Time Speed Limit (see map below for the roads affected). Once the consultation with the schools is complete (end of May) it will then go out to consultation with local residents, bus companies, and Spennymoor Town Council; it will be placed on the DCC Website for comment. If approved it will be introduced Oct/Nov. The council has initially given the go ahead for 33 schools in the county to have the part time speed limit, but are looking to increase that to approximately sixty.
There is also a possibility (but only after further consultation) that some of the streets nearby to these schools could have 20 mph limits placed on them or see the introduction of 20 mph zones, but only where the relevant criteria is met (shown below). I would be interested in peoples opinion as a councilor(s) can ask for any area to be reviewed. All new planning developments will be considered, and even some developments passed the application stage that only have out line planning.
20 mph Part-time Speed Limits – These involve advisory part-time flashing 20 mph signs on main/distributor roads outside of facilities for vulnerable road users such as schools that would otherwise be unsuitable for a full-time 20 mph speed limit or zone. The normal speed restriction for the road remains the legally enforceable limit.
20 mph Speed Limits – These involve 20 mph traffic signs only. They are suitable for residential estate roads and side streets, where the nature of the road tends to result in naturally low average speeds of less than 24 mph. Research indicates that limits achieve an average speed reduction of 1 mph.
20 mph Speed Limit Zone – These involve 20 mph traffic signs plus traffic calming measures to ensure that the 20 mph limit is self-enforcing. In order that drivers are aware of the zones, traffic signs must be erected at every entrance/exit to the zone. Research indicates that a 20 mph speed limit zone can result in speed reductions of around 10 mph.
Cllr .Kevin Thompson