20 is plenty for South Ward - Armstrong Road

Young children and cyclists stand to benefit most if speed limits in residential roads were reduced to 20mph.

Streets with a 20mph speed limit have less traffic noise, lower emissions and 40% fewer road causalities, improving road safety especially for young childre

MBC South Ward Councillors Brian Clark and Paul Wilby are seeking your views on proposals, to improve road safety in Armstrong Road and the Coombe Farm Estate including adjoining roads near South Park.

Their scheme would reduce the speed limit in the vicinity including across road frontage of both sides of South Park and will increase safety around Southborough school (building on the 20mph scheme in Postley Road).

 

What are they proposing?

The proposal is for a 20mph speed limit be implemented in the area. The roads included are shown in the plan below:

 

 

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Why do they want to make this proposal?

The proposed 20mph speed limit is in response to numerous requests from residents and has been supported by Tovil Parish Council and North Loose Residents Association. Concerns have been expressed regarding the speed of traffic and the safety of pedestrians, especially children, crossing the road to reach South Park and playing near their homes, road accident data (highlighted on the map) supports this concern.

What will the scheme involve?

To ensure this is an effective 20mph speed limit, it would be necessary to consider 'light-touch' measures such as upright repeater signs and roundel road markings (at locations shown on the plan). There are no plans to remove any on street parking.

Informal Consultation

Brian and Paul have been working with Kent Highways and MBC on highways schemes as members of Maidstone’s Joint Transport Board. The proposal was initially submitted by Brian in July 2019, following an officer request for suggestions for a 20mph pilot scheme. While this plan was not included in the pilot, it was once again proposed for the first round of “Active Travel” grant funding during the early days of the pandemic.

Disappointingly, while the unpopular King Street cycle lane scheme received active travel funding, the 20mph plan did not make the shortlist. They are now undertaking an informal consultation to gather evidence of support for such a proposal.

Next steps

Brian and Paul will collate the responses to this informal consultation with neighbouring ward councillors. If there is sufficient support for the reduction in speed limit to 20mph, they will submit the evidence to Kent Highways with a view to gaining support to progress the proposal.