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Speed management – a victim of political timidity

Mayer Hillman, Senior fellow emeritus, Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster, London
31 March 2017
 

You report that Manchester City Council has abandoned its plans for a city-wide roll-out of signed-only 20mph speed limits on residential roads because the accident savings hoped for on the roads selected for the first phase have not been achieved. (‘20 mph limits haven’t lived up to expectations – Manchester’ LTT 17 Mar). Since the mean speed on these roads hardly fell at all, and on 18 out of 45 roads speeds actually increased, this result is unsurprising. The...

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