Posted 24 November 2011 - 12:55 PM
PaulOckenden, on 24 November 2011 - 12:34 PM, said:
By which point a lot of the traffic has turned off.
40 limits should be for areas of narrow roads, or where there's a possibility of pedestrians. The stretch between the Hangleton junction and the flyover doesn't meet either of those criteria. It even has pushbikes and mopeds prohibited. To reduce it to 40 would be crazy!
I not suggesting 40 as that would be daft; more graduated speed limits as is now common practice in many of our neighbouring countries.
Low blanket speed limits tend not to work and an example I have quoted before the example of Barcelona which has a lot of belt type multi lane roads and umpteen tunnels.
A blanket speed limit of 80kph was put in place on all the arterial roads. It was the highest legal speed in the greater Barca area and supposedly done for reasons of safety and pollution.
What happened is that collisions/serious injuries and deaths increased by more than 40 percent as opposed to the reduction of more than 50 percent (during the last five years) in the rest of Catalunya. There was little noticeable difference in pollution levels.
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