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GOOD NEWS: Significant lower speeds recorded in Garston 20mph zone 

 Published on: 26th March 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

A speed survey revealed the average speed recorded in a Garston area has significantly decreased since the introduction of the 20mph zone.

The residential area of Kingswood, after public consultation, had a 20mph zone introduced in the autumn of 2018 in the hope that this would lower the average speed.

The survey completed the “before and after” speed comparison shows that the average speed has dropped by nearly 4mph in the area. 

Hertfordshire County Council (HCC)  and Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents usually see a reduction of 1 to 2mph when  20mph zones are introduced.

The Avenues area of Garston have recently become part of a 20mph zone, and the Stanborough area, along with the Leavesden Green area have just finished the statutory consultation with the aim of them becoming 20mph zones later this year. 

Garston county councillor Tim Williams, who has led many of these 20mph zone schemes said: “It is appreciated that not everyone favours these 20mph areas but it has led to a big reduction in the average speed in Kingswood and this in itself reduces the chances of accidents, and the seriousness of accidents, there is no need to speed in residential areas and when spotted then residents should contact the police. 

“We are working with local police to attend more often to monitor speeding in Garston, and are hoping, when COVID-19 regulations allow, to arrange a community speedwatch session with the local police.” 

Local campaigner Simon Feldman commented: “It’s about a change of mindset when coming off an arterial road into a residential area, just slow down as it’s a residential area. This result of a nearly 4mph lower average speed in the Kingswood scheme is fantastic and enhances the area as a residential neighbourhood.” 

For more information call Tim Williams 07799 950949 or Simon Feldman 07577 062635.

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