Council cuts speed limit on over 700 roads

Cornwall Council is reducing the speed limit on hundreds of residential roads from 30mph to 20mph.

Residents in the areas affected were consulted on the plans to encourage drivers to slow down. The local authority received 150 requests to reduce 30mph speed limits.

In response, the council will amend signs and markings on more than 700 roads.

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‘This first roll out of a 20mph speed limit on residential roads in two community network areas – Falmouth and Penryn, and Camelford – has the support of local communities with 76% of those who responded to the local consultation in Falmouth and Penryn in favour, and 85% in Camelford,’ said Philip Desmonde, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport.

‘We are starting work straight away to erect new signs and work with our residents to promote safe, supportive communities?where we can all play a part in helping each other to live well.’

Dean Evans, Falmouth councillor and from the 20 is Plenty campaign, said: ‘Reducing traffic speeds in built up areas is the single most cost effective action we can take to make our roads safer and our communities even better places to live. We congratulate Cornwall Council on its work to introduce wide area 20mph limits in the Falmouth and Penryn area and in Camelford and the surrounding area.’

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