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CALL FOR 20MPH URBAN SPEED LIMITS

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The only way to improve Britain's 'appalling' road safety record was to reduce the urban speed limit from 30mph to ...
The only way to improve Britain's 'appalling' road safety record was to reduce the urban speed limit from 30mph to 20mph, the centre-left think-tank IPPR will say this week, reported The Business (p2).

It is particularly concerned at the large number of child pedestrians killed or injured each year. According to figures from the UK's Road Safety Unit, 130 children die in traffic-related accidents in the UK each year while more than 4,500 are seriously injured while walking or cycling near their homes.

A scheme in Hull, where 100 roads - amounting to a quarter of the city's road length - are subject to a 20mph system has prevented 200 serious and 1,000 minor accidents since 1994, the IPPR will claim. Hull residents now support the scheme being implemented on 60% of its roads.

The findings come as the government announces a consultation on lowering the speed limit across large areas of towns and cities. Transport minister John Spellar will announce the controversial proposal this week. The government says that ultimately it will be up to local councils to impose the new limits - but some powers to impose 20mph zones have been in place for three years and the latest moves by ministers are seen as an attempt to push local authorities towards a clampdown on speeding in residential areas.
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