by Gary Skentelbery
WHILE I welcome any road safety initiatives, especially ones aimed at reducing speed and saving lives I do wonder about the 20's plenty campaign, which is now going to be rolled out across the town over the next three years - at a cost of £740,000.
We have already seen various highways improvements taking place over the years around Warrington, which have included traffic lights being added to roundabouts and then being switched on and off to aid traffic flow and roundabouts being removed totally to be replaced with new junctions which increase traffic congestion - all at considerable cost.
We even had to endure seeing one set of road improvements on Cromwell Avenue being redone.
As we have a national speed limit of 60mph, which isn't normally sign posted - why can't we campaign for a national speed limit of 20mph on housing estates - thereby saving the costs associated with making and erecting all the signs? Or this that too much like common sense?
If we are going to press ahead with the 20's plenty campaign I do hope the signs are introduced with common sense and that money isn't wasted on any inappropriate signage on roads which are not even long enough to accelerate up to 20mph.
I have witnessed some 20 mph signs go up in Great Sankey on roads which are no more than cul-de-sacs containing three or four properties and only half a dozen vehicle lengths long - erecting signage on roads like this
is a complete waste of public money.
There is certainly a need to control the speed of motorists in some residential areas - but there is also a need for common sense - which does not always prevail when it comes to council's and highways.
If I remember rightly Warrington can also boast the uneviable record of having one of the shortest cycle ways in the country! So much for common sense!