New 20mph speed limit to be introduced in Darlington town centre

A new 20mph speed limit will come into force in Darlington town centre from Monday, September 10th, 2018.

The speed limit, which is the lowest that can be imposed on UK roads, has been introduced following discussions between the council, the police and bus operators.

The lower limit will be applied to all roads within the inner ring road.

Despite the area’s good safety record, the council is aware of residents’ concerns about pedestrian movements in the town and the perception of excess speed of vehicles travelling in central areas.

20mph Speed Zone

Councillor Nick Wallis, cabinet member for leisure and local environment, said: “The town centre has a good safety record for pedestrians, but more can always be done to help people feel at ease when they visit.

“We hear from people that they feel vehicles travel too quickly in some parts of town – although our own speed measurement stats show they already travel close to the 20mph mark – but we hope that introducing the lower limit will help them to feel more confident.:

Walli continued: “These changes have the support of the police, as well bus operators, who make up most of the vehicle movements in the town centre.”

Nick Knox, managing director of Arriva North East, said: “We are pleased to support Darlington Borough Council in their decision to introduce a 20 mile per hour speed limit around the town centre.

“Slower speeds bring many benefits to the town and local people, even simple things such crossing the road are made easier by reducing the potential risks.”

Source: Darlington Borough Council

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