Campaign to slow Bewdley's traffic

TRAFFIC CAMPAIGN: Bewdley Town Council is calling for 20mph limits.

TRAFFIC CAMPAIGN: Bewdley Town Council is calling for 20mph limits.

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

BEWDLEY Town Council has called for a 20mph speed limit to protect pedestrians in the tourist town’s centre.

The local authority, which aims to build on the active 20’s Plenty campaign on the High Street, will communicate with county councillors, the police and community groups to seek support for the traffic slowing measures.

Philip Edmundson, an independent community and health concern councillor on the town council, said: “Continued heavy traffic into Bewdley means that pedestrians are at risk, especially because the road system is not designed for modern traffic levels.

“We need to consider that 80 per cent of child casualties happen on non-school trips and that families need wide area limits for child protection from road injury, which is their top risk.

“Older people are even more likely to die or be seriously injured because 20mph is 10 times safer than 30mph for 60-year-olds.

“Bewdley Town Council, which overwhelmingly supports this initiative, recognises that Bewdley is a great place to work, live and visit.

“To make sure it remains this way for many years to come, we need to make it a safer environment.

Bewdley Development Trust has also recently consulted with 45 local people on the issue of traffic management in the town.

Residents flagged up problems including congestion, speeding, parking and inadequate public transport during the open forum event, on Tuesday, July 8. while solutions such as introducing a 20kph speed limit, new zebra crossings and a shuttle bus service were considered.

Robert Smith, chairman of the trust, said: “We would be really interested to hear from local people who were not able make the open forum on their views about how local traffic management can be improved.”

Other ideas discussed at the event included a new footbridge over the river, two-way cycle routes along Severnside North and South and encouraging more vehicles to use the bypass.

Bewdley Development Trust believes progress in the town’s traffic management since the 2003 riverside and town centre study has lagged behind improvements on other issues, including riverside frontages, flood protection and the refurbishment of St George’s Hall.

Residents can contact the trust with their views on 01299 405516.

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10:53am Tue 29 Jul 14

thatshowitis says...

The 20s plenty campaign was started by High Street residents for High street only some years ago, later a town councillor proposed that it be extended to the whole of the town centre which was agreed. Despite a petition collected by the Labour Party. the police said they would not support the idea as it was unpoliceable . However Cleobury Mortimer have one in their main street and several towns throughout the country have them. There is one along Shaw Hedge Road in Wribbenhall. I would like to see them on every housing estate
The 20s plenty campaign was started by High Street residents for High street only some years ago, later a town councillor proposed that it be extended to the whole of the town centre which was agreed. Despite a petition collected by the Labour Party. the police said they would not support the idea as it was unpoliceable . However Cleobury Mortimer have one in their main street and several towns throughout the country have them. There is one along Shaw Hedge Road in Wribbenhall. I would like to see them on every housing estate thatshowitis
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7:34pm Wed 30 Jul 14

martlayton says...

Considering what we know about pollution, public health and safety and fuel costs, it is clear that our local transport patterns need to change in the near future. Bewdley would certainly benefit from a policy that gave greater priority to residents and pedestrians, and also focused on increasing use of public transport. Wyre Forest Green Party support the introduction of a 20 mph. limit throughout built up areas, including village, for this very reason.
Considering what we know about pollution, public health and safety and fuel costs, it is clear that our local transport patterns need to change in the near future. Bewdley would certainly benefit from a policy that gave greater priority to residents and pedestrians, and also focused on increasing use of public transport. Wyre Forest Green Party support the introduction of a 20 mph. limit throughout built up areas, including village, for this very reason. martlayton
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9:29pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Green Olive says...

Why a 20mph limit just for Bewdley? Why not 20 mph for all of Wyre Forest with higher limits on certain roads depending on local circumstances and consultation with local residents. Drivers are more likely to respect the 20mph limit if they see the benefits where they live such as safer and quieter streets
Why a 20mph limit just for Bewdley? Why not 20 mph for all of Wyre Forest with higher limits on certain roads depending on local circumstances and consultation with local residents. Drivers are more likely to respect the 20mph limit if they see the benefits where they live such as safer and quieter streets Green Olive
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