News Extra: Our Objection to the 20mph Scheme TRO

Note that, in the case of Woolton Park itself, which is proposed to remain
at 30mph even though the roads at each end - Church Road and Woolton Hill
Road - are proposed for restriction to 20mph, an alternative (and
preferable) solution would be to introduce a 20mph limit there as well.
Woolton Park is not a "local distributor route" or a bus route - the reasons
given by Jayne Black for retaining the 30mph limit on Grange Lane - and, as
a regular user of Woolton Park on foot, I can confirm that speeding traffic
can be hazardous owing to the curvature of the road, the existence of a
pedestrian entrance to Reynolds Park half way along, and the fact that, at
certain times of year, people tend to walk on the carriageway owing to
slippery leaves/overhanging branches on the pavements.

In the case of Hunts Cross Avenue, the retention of the 30mph limit on the
'main road' which the cul-de-sacs adjoin is even more of an anomaly. This
stretch of Hunts Cross Avenue was designed in the 1930s to run from Gateacre
Brow to Out Lane. It was never completed, and therefore never connected with
either of these roads. It is a very wide road, now used as a play street by
some of the local children owing to the relative lack of traffic, but in
which it is very easy for cars to accelerate to over 20mph. It is difficult
to see why the speed limit is being kept at 30mph when all the roads
connecting with it will be subject to a 20mph limit. If 30mph plates are
displayed at all six points where a side road meets this stretch of Hunts
Cross Avenue, that will surely act as a positive encouragement to motorists
to speed up rather than slow down - i.e. the very opposite of what the 20mph
Scheme is designed to achieve.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Chitty
(Environment Secretary)

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