Speed limits on some Surrey country roads – between Guildford and Dorking – are being reduced from 60mph to 20mph as part of a new trial. The council told Highways Magazine the scheme is a “significant opportunity” to improve road safety.
Matt Furniss, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Infrastructure and the Economy, said: ‘This project is a significant opportunity for us to improve the safety of our rural roads in the south and south -west Surrey and to ensure that the most appropriate speed limit is applied to everyone.
“Most rural roads in the region are still subject to the national speed limit of 60 mph, which is inappropriate for these types of roads.
“Evidence suggests that implementing lower speed limits should reduce the number and severity of traffic collisions, while helping to support our active travel agenda, improve air quality and address concerns about excessive vehicle noise.
In a poll that ran from 11 a.m. on Thursday August 18 to 2 p.m. on Friday August 19, Express.co.uk asked readers: “Should rural roads be reduced to 20 mph to improve safety?”
Overall 2,250 readers voted with a strong majority, 90% (2,017 people) answering ‘no’, country roads should not have 20mph speed limits.
Another 10% (223 people) answered “yes”, while only 10 people answered that they did not know.
In the dozens of comments left below the accompanying article, it was clear that readers strongly believed in the speed limit reduction.
One reader, username Sweet_DudeUK commented: “No, this is madness.”
Username BillyGonkenstein said: “Such a limit for cars on open roads for an extended period of time is beyond ridiculous. Unable to join. »
Username Teekay67 said: “A 20mph limit on rural roads is more dangerous as it will promote road rage which may well lead to violence.”
And username D Mcmillan said: ‘No it increases pollution. This is a lucrative exercise at the expense of the road user.
Another, username Lordh, said: “You can still kill at 20 mph! It’s not the speed, it’s the ride.
Meanwhile, some readers have suggested that if the speed limit needs to be reduced from the national speed limit of 60mph, it should only be limited to 40mph or 50mph.
Username Roberius wrote: “40mph should be the limit. 20 is way too slow.
While user name Peniel13 said: ‘Now if you’re talking single lane country roads and much like Somerset and Devon… including those with grass growing in the middle then a 20 mph limit is eminently reasonable.
“Meeting hay trucks and water tankers or even tractors on one of these ‘roads’ can be quite scary.”
Rural roads are said to be 10 times more dangerous than highways with 10,000 annual deaths and serious injuries among motorists, cyclists and walkers each year.
The Department for Transport reports that 57% of road fatalities in Britain occur on rural roads, despite accounting for just 43% of traffic.
David Davies, executive director of the Parliamentary Transport Safety Advisory Council, said: ‘It is increasingly abnormal that speeds have been reduced to 20mph in urban areas, but on country roads it is extremely dangerous.”
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