THREE areas have been earmarked for a pilot scheme to decide whether a blanket 20 mph speed limit is feasible on Warrington’s roads.
The aim is to see if such a limit would be effective without the use of associated traffic calming measures, such as speed bumps.
Orford and Great Sankey have been chosen for the study, based on the number of casualties involving pedestrians or cyclists in those areas.
The town centre has also been chosen to encourage take-up of sustainable modes of transport.
In Orford the speed limit will be tested on Long Lane, Sandy Lane and Northway. At Great Sankey, the restriction will be trialled on Park Road. The whole of the town centre will be involved in the scheme.
The pilot will be launched next month and run for 18 months. If successful 20 mph speed limits will be introduced in many other parts of the borough.
The differing nature of the roads chosen for the trial will enable the council to determine how suitable certain road types are for the introduction of a 20 mph speed limit.
Statistics show that if a pedestrian is hit at 20mph there is a 97 per cent chance of survival. At 30mph there is an 80 per cent chance of survival and at 35mph there is a 50 per cent chance that the pedestrian would be killed.
Further information about the scheme can be obtained from 01925 443322.
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