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This page provides supporting information for the petition "20's Plenty for Ashtead"

Why is this important? Ashtead 20

Ashtead Village counts several busy schools - St Peter's Primary School, St Andrew's Secondary School, Downsend, Barnett Wood Infant School, West Ashtead Primary and The Greville Primary School. The streets leading to these schools are used every day by a significant number of pedestrians and cyclists - pupils and students, dog walkers, families with young children and elderly. Most of these streets are used by impatient drivers as "rat runs" to avoid congestion on the A24. Many of these streets are narrow and not suitable to be driven at 30mph.

Recent reliable data (Atkins report for the Department of Transport, Nov 2018) tells us that:

  • 路 A 20mph limit is considered best practice and the right speed limit for where vehicles mix with pedestrians and cyclists.

    路 20mph limits reduce vehicle speeds in varying degrees based on pre-speed, level of enforcement and public consensus.

    路 In 20mph limits most people (70% residential, 85% city) travel at speed less than the enforcement threshold of 25mph.

    路 Casualty reductions are in the order of 10-30% when 20mph limits are introduced (Bristol, Calderdale, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bath).

    路 Enforcement is a significant factor in both driver compliance and public consensus that it is a serious limit.

    路 A 20mph limit is symbolic of a change in societal standards and a foundation for other interventions on road safety and active travel.

We believe that we should not wait until there is a fatality or serious injury before SCC reduces the speed limit, put up speed signs and paint road markings indicating the speed limit.

Residents are frightened of the speed of traffic down these streets, particularly with those drivers who either don't know or don't care about the 30mph speed limit.

We are also surprised that SCC has taken little action regarding children's safety in proximity of the above-mentioned schools, residents' concerns and requests for speed enforcement.

We demand:

路 A 20mph speed limit implemented in all streets in Ashtead (with the exclusion of some major through roads) with 20mph signs and paint road markings.

路 20mph signs and paint road markings should be particularly visible on the streets approaching schools.