Curbing speed of cyclists and cars to 20mph for whole of east Kent town

Contributed by editor on Jun 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM


A new town-wide 20mph zone in Faversham is to be created as part of plans to increase active travel. 

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Work in Faversham is estimated to start within the next four weeks and be substantially completed by August

Faversham’s new 20mph zone will be supported by road markings and 20mph signs and gateways approaching to the town.

Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Michael Payne said: “I’m grateful that we’ve been able to get this plan off the ground and, because of the timescales involved, it will be a little different to how we usually do things.

“Throughout this trial we will be monitoring how it performs and consulting with people on whether they approve of the scheme – usually this would happen beforehand.

“There are studies that show 20mph schemes encourage healthier transport choices such as walking and cycling, and they increase levels of walking and cycling by about a fifth.

“I hope this trial will encourage that behaviour from the Faversham community and that they benefit from lower traffic levels, reduced congestion, and less road noise.

“We’re anticipating more people will be travelling to work and to school by bike or on foot so we’re hopeful this change will make a real difference.”

The funding for the scheme was secured with £1.6 million by the Department for Transport to put schemes in place across the county.

KCC is working with Faversham Town Council and its 20s Plenty Committee to get this new scheme installed.

This group has been working on the scheme for the last five years so good plans were already in place.

Mr Payne added: “I would encourage all drivers to keep to 20mph in Faversham, it is down solely to you to drive responsibly.

“There will be people who think it doesn’t apply to them or that it’s not enforceable or that it is too slow – we want people to think about the speed they’re doing. Is it appropriate for Faversham’s roads?

“This isn’t only about speeding or even driving at the speed limit, people need to consider the environment they’re driving in, particularly as more pedestrians and cyclists will be on our roads.

“Pedestrians will need to ensure they don’t get complacent and feel that they do not need to be responsible for their own actions because of the lower speed limit.

“Cyclists too will also need to keep to the 20mph limit and cycle within an appropriate speed for the road environment.”   

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