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27th Jul, 2021

Plans progress on introducing 20mph zones in Solihull streets

Ross Crawford 12th Jun, 2021

A BOROUGH-WIDE review into speed limits is to be launched in Solihull.

It comes as the council looks to strengthen its policy on 20mph speed limits to make areas around schools, retail centres and other key locations feel safer.

The move comes in response to requests from residents and community groups.

Councillor Ken Hawkins, cabinet member for environment and highways gave the review the green light following a detailed report by officers.

He said: “Our 20mph speed limits can bring a range of benefits to local communities and these proposals will align to work to improve the environment and deliver a range of health and wellbeing benefits, while supporting economic growth in the borough.

“I would ask every motorist when driving in Solihull, to consider the safety of other road users and drive their motor vehicles in accordance with the signposted speed limit.”

If they win backing the measures could see speed limits reduced from 30mph to 20mph in a raft of borough centres, including Marston Green, Dickens Heath, Hampton in Arden, Chester Road through the centre of Castle Bromwich, Knowle High Street and the centres of Meriden, Cheswick Green and Berkswell.

In addition to reviewing 20mph speed limits, a number of other speed limit changes around Solihull were also approved.

These would see speed limits cut by 10mph from 40 to 30mph in areas like Creynolds Lane and Warwick Road in Knowle and 50 to 40mph along stretches of Box Tree Lane and the full extent of Old Damson Lane.

The proposals, which are backed by research and in line with Department for Transport guidelines, will now be subject to consultation before any changes are implemented.

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