D-day for 20mph zones in Calderdale

Cabinet to rule on 20mph default for all residential areas

20mph Zone sign from Driving Force

All residential areas in Calderdale could become 20mph zones – and money has already been set aside for the scheme.

Cabinet members are likely to agree the move today.

Last year they signalled support for a 20mph default speed in residential areas, but wanted public feedback on how far and wide it should be implemented.

Three options were considered – 20mph in all residential areas; 20mph outside schools and 20mph in high-casualty areas; with the favoured option for the residential zone.

The 20mph residential zone had more support than the other two options with 574 out of 1,200 people or 48% in support. The remainder were split between the other two options which had 36% and 16% support respectively.

The council says similar schemes in Stainland, Elland and four other areas have proven to be successful.

A report, due to be considered by Cabinet, says: “Initial results are pleasing with reductions in speed of up to 5mph. Some roads have not seen any reductions in speed and traffic calming where appropriate has been implemented or proposed.

“To date there have been no reported injury accidents in Stainland and in Elland.”

Calderdale’s director of Public Health has earmarked £500,000 towards the £520,000 scheme.

The report adds: “The majority of residents consulted supported the introduction of 20mph in residential areas. Implementing ‘total 20mph’ will include most of the schools and communities with casualty issues.”

“The council aspires to make Calderdale streets safe and pleasant for all children and adults however they travel or wherever they live.”

Cabinet members will discuss the issue today at 6pm at Halifax Town Hall.

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