City Centre 20mph

20mph road sign

May 2014 : The City Centre 20mph speed limit scheme was approved by the Traffic & Parking Committee on the 29th April 2014.  The minutes of the meeting can be viewed here.  The next step is to advertise the order as a 'Made Order' and introduce the scheme into the City Centre.  It is hoped that the scheme will be introduced in late summer.  Terminal signs at the entrance and exit of the areas will inform drivers that they are entering into a 20mph speed limit.  Roundels painted on the road will enforce the speed limit throughout the area. 

The 20mph speed limit schemes for Winnall and Highcliffe are now in place.

Thursday 20th February 2014: The proposal order for the Winchester City Centre 20mph Speed Limit has now being advertised.  All representations will be considered before the proposal is taken to a Traffic & Parking committee for consideration.

The proposal is for a 20mph speed limit around the inner core of the city centre and some outer lying roads. The scheme is being promoted by Hampshire County Council, funded through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and delivered by Winchester City Council.

The public exhibition for the proposed 20mph speed limits scheme in Winchester city centre was well attended.  The exhibitions were displayed in four venues for two weeks including two 'question and answer' manned sessions attended by officers of Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council.  These manned session were well attended by members of the public, with over 70 people discussing the proposal with officers.

The exhibition boards can be viewed at the bottom of this page.  Questions that were frequently asked at the exhibitions can be seen in the table below.

Questions & Comments from the Exhibition
Where did the proposal originate? Priority D of the Winchester Town Access Plan is to 'Reduce the negative impact of vehicle movements in the Town Centre and residential areas'. To reduce vehicle speeds, a 20mph speed limit proposal for Winchester is one of the actions of the WTAP Action Plan. Unfortunately, these proposals depend on funding. The DfT recently release a fund called 'Local Sustainable Transport Fund' in which bids were submitted by County Councils. The proposal for a 20mph speed limit in the Winchester central area was submitted as part of this bid.  The access plan can be viewed here.
Why does the proposal not cover my residential area? Hampshire County Council recognises that many people wish to see lower speed limits introduced on the streets where they live and this has been demonstrated by the volume of requests for 20 mph limits and zones that have been received over the years. The County Council has therefore developed a programme of 20 mph pilot schemes focussed on a number of contained residential areas within the County. The potential sites for these trials were nominated by Councillors across the county, resulting in nine trial residential areas of which one is in Stanmore, whilst the City Council are doing the same for Winnall and Highcliffe. Once the new speed limits have been implemented their effectiveness will be monitored over a period of time. If the limits do prove to be a success there may be scope, depending on the availability of funding, to develop further programmes of 20 mph limits for other parts of the County.
Why can the proposal not be extended along the main roads? This proposal for the 20mph speed limit is for the Winchester City Centre core area only. The boundaries of the limit were very carefully considered. There are many factors involved in this process. The driver needs to be able to feel that they are entering the main City area and that their speed should be slower. If the boundary of the speed limit, on the main roads, is too far out of the city centre speeds may not reduce due to the fact that the nature of the road and its surroundings have not changed. Another factor in the boundary decision is solely to do with where terminal signs can be located. In the narrow streets of Winchester this is one of the main factors, as the narrow pavement widths dictate where signage can be placed. Conservational issues also need to be considered.
People won't necessarily adhere to speed limits as they don't adhere to the existing 30mph speed limit. In the proposed area, average speeds of vehicles are, in the majority under 24mph. This is the threshold for which the Police would support a 20mph speed limit being implemented. If one driver adheres to the new limit, then others behind will have to do so.
The proposal will need to raise awareness to drivers. Temporary warning signs will raise awareness to drivers when they are nearing a 20mph speed limit. If the limit is introduced, the new scheme will be publicised.