New 20mph speed limits are to be introduced to three areas of Norwich on Monday (20 April).
Streets around Vauxhall Street and Newmarket Street, around Knowland Grove, Marlpit Lane, Jex Road and Hellesdon Road, and also around Borrowdale Drive, are all to get 20mph limits.
The innovative scheme will use speed limit signs throughout the areas. The emphasis will be on education and enforcement, rather than physical traffic calming measures.
Norwich City Council executive member for sustainable transport, Cllr Brian Morrey, says: “This scheme will help to make residential areas safer for everyone, especially vulnerable road users such as the elderly and children.
“When speeds are 20mph or lower, the risk and severity of accidents can be reduced, which is in everybody’s interest.”
Members of the Norwich Highways Agency Committee (NHAC) meeting approved the proposals on 22 January.
Agreement was also given for monitoring of the new limits for traffic speed and stable or reduced accident levels, with the results to be reported back to the September 2009 NHAC meeting.
At this meeting members will consider whether or not to extend 20mph speed limits to all residential streets in the Norwich City Council area. Industrial estate roads, A roads, B roads and most C roads will not be included.
Once the restriction is in place, Norwich City Council would be grateful for any comments on the effect on traffic in these streets.
To request enforcement of the new speed limit contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0845 456 4567 or www.safernorfolk.co.uk