Topsham to become 20mph zone

PUBLISHED: 13:40 06 November 2009 | UPDATED: 12:15 10 June 2010

TOPSHAM is set to become a 20mph zone. The joint highways committee at Devon County Council approved a road safety scheme earmarked for the town at a meeting held last Thursday, November 5. The local authority believes the scheme will reduce vehicle speed

TOPSHAM is set to become a 20mph zone.

The joint highways committee at Devon County Council approved a road safety scheme earmarked for the town at a meeting held last Thursday, November 5.

The local authority believes the scheme will reduce vehicle speeds; improve road safety, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists, and prevent some streets being used as rat runs.

The news will come as a welcome respite to a number of Topsham residents who have lobbied councillors and campaigned for speed reduction measures to be put in place for a number of months.

County councillor Andrew Leadbetter said there were two recommendations to consider.

"The first one we agreed with an amendment. We couldn't extend the measures to Exeter Road, Clyst Road and those areas, but we are going to put in flashing speed indicators.

"Humps for Denver Road were agreed and the actual scheme, with additional items to include the flashing indicators on approaches.

"I endorse the measures because it is pedestrian's safety at stake.

"In the survey we did a number of months ago, a majority of people in Topsham were in favour of it. It's just a case of moving things forward now and getting it all in place."

A public consultation, attended by more than 100 people, was held in Matthews Hall last August to gauge the public's views over the plans.

Cllr Leadbetter said if residents were unhappy with what had been decided, the proposals could be altered.

"We can juggle around (with the scheme) - nothing is set in stone. If people aren't happy with bits we can change it."

He added: "We do need to keep looking at it to make sure people stick to the limits."

City councillor Mark Starling said: "The majority of people in Topsham are in favour of a 20mph speed limit and, therefore, I do believe it meets the demands of the majority of the population.

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