Residential streets across South Liverpool are to be covered by a 20mph speed limit in a bid to make the streets safer for all users.
The 20 effect, which is already in place across areas of the city with statistically higher numbers of road accidents, is now being rolled out across areas like Mossley Hill, Hunt’s Cross and Speke.
Backed by Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire & Rescue, the 20 effect applies to most residential streets and will ultimately lower the speed limits on 70 per cent of the city’s streets.
The programme, which started in 2012 is funded by Liverpool City Council and the Department for Transport is designed to reduce the frequency and severity of road traffic collisions.
Liverpool has some of the most dangerous residential streets with children in the city facing the country’s second highest risk of becoming a road casualty.
The Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) states that inappropriate speed contributes to 15 per cent of all collisions which cause injury, 14 per cent where injuries are serious and 24 percent of fatal collisions. It also shows how only 5 per cent of collisions with pedestrians at 20mph result in fatality compared to 45 per cent at 30mph and 85 per cent at 40mph.
Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for Transport and Regeneration, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy said: “In the areas where the 20 effect has already been implemented, it has proven to be very successful and has been warmly welcomed by residents and community groups alike.
“Our approach is to consult with the community in advance of the legal framework being put in place which underpins the new speed limit. We do this to ensure we can give everybody the opportunity to rationally debate the pros and cons of a 20mph limit and discover to what extent there is public appetite for the programme.
“In some areas we have received support from up to 90 per cent of the community which is tremendously encouraging. The last thing we want is for communities feeling that we are imposing the limit upon them. This programme is intended to make communities safer and it will be much more effective with the backing of the local community.”
The city’s model to consult and communicate with the local community prior to a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) being issued, is recognised as a model for effective delivery with other cities in the UK looking to the city for advice before basing their own campaigns on Liverpool’s.