Tunbridge Wells prepares for traffic experiment
September 22, 2016 by Lyndon
A consultation about potential traffic calming measures within Tunbridge Wells has been launched.
The initiative hopes to create an extensive go-slow zone. The idea is that motorists in a large area of the town will be obliged to stick to a speed limit of 20 miles per hour. A print company from Tunbridge Wells could be used to help promote awareness of the scheme.
Peter Oakford, a local councillor, told the Times of Tunbridge Wells:
“I had a 20mph zone created around St Matthew’s in High Brooms – but I believe this is the first scheme on this scale, and locally will most certainly be used as a test bed for further large schemes within residential areas.”
If the policy is implemented, about £40,000 may be needed to make it work. The local county council would spend approximately £15,000 on the scheme, with other sources providing the remainder of the sum.
The area in question is close to several schools and this has added impetus to the push for change. A campaign group has also played a significant role in getting things to the consultative stage.
The police will have to get involved if the plan is to succeed. The hope is that local police can help with the process of enforcement. Meanwhile, Newlands Road and other streets may see the calming of traffic by other means.