WINSTANLEY has become the latest district in Wigan to roll out 20mph speed limits across all of its residential streets.
The initiative was launched last year when a pledge was signed by road safety partners Wigan Council, Greater Manchester Police (GMP), Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue and the NHS.
The majority of residential streets within the borough are included within the 20mph speed limit areas. There is evidence to suggest that a carefully implemented 20mph speed limit contributes to improvements in road safety and it will be introduced consistently to make driving at 20mph in these areas the norm. The implementation began in spring 2013 and will be complete by April 2015.
The introduction in Winstanley has been welcomed by local councillor Paul Kenny.
He said: “Reducing traffic speeds is a key factor in making local residential roads safer.
“Twenty miles per hour speed limits save lives, make our neighbourhoods better and reflects a cultural change which has been taking place with an increasing number of people wanting slower speeds in the streets where they live.”
Chief Supt Shaun Donnellan, Divisional Commander for Wigan at GMP, said: “This is a fantastic scheme which I hope residents across Wigan will be happy to sign up to.
“We hope the plan will change drivers’ attitudes and behaviours when travelling on residential streets.”