Planned 20mph limit a 'huge waste of money'
Residents of north-west Bath and Weston village have been asked for their views on a proposed 20mph speed limit across the area.
This area includes some beautiful examples of Georgian residential streets, crescents and squares, where it would be difficult to exceed 20mph anyway, and indeed nobody ever does – St James's Square to take one example. These streets are to be cluttered up with 20mph road signs, in spite of the expense and visual intrusion involved, in order to achieve – well, precisely nothing.
The 'survey' sent out to residents includes just three questions, clearly aimed at getting 'yes' answers. The issues of visual impact and whether the scheme is worth the expense are not raised.
I hope that other residents will ask the transport department at B&NES to think again about this.
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There are particular places where road safety is not as good as it could be, and what is needed are specific measures at those points – such as a zebra crossing where Royal Lane crosses Marlborough Lane/Marlborough Buildings, so that people walking from the park have somewhere safe to cross. Imposing a blanket 20mph limit, that isn't going to be enforced anyway ("With residential support and awareness the limit will be self-enforcing" the survey blurb says optimistically) is just a huge waste of money on a scheme that will detract from the beauty of our city.
LINDA GAMLIN Baden House Great Bedford St Bath