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Decision details

Handsworth 20mph Traffic Regulation Order Objections

Decision status: Recommendations Approved



The Committee considered a report of the Executive Director – City Futures that reported details of the consultation response to proposals to introduce 20mph speed limits in Handsworth, report the receipt of objections to the Speed Limit Order and set out the Council’s response.




RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee:-




Approves that the Handsworth 20mph Speed Limit Order be made, as advertised, in accordance with the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. Objectors will then be informed of the decision by the Council’s Traffic Regulations team and the order implemented on street subject to no road safety issues being identified through a Road Safety Audit (RSA) at the detailed design stage.






Reasons for Decision




The adoption of the Sheffield 20mph Speed Limit Strategy established the principle of introducing sign-only 20mph speed limits in all suitable residential areas.  Reducing the speed of traffic in residential areas should, in the long term, reduce the number and severity of collisions, reduce the fear of accidents, encourage sustainable modes of travel, and contribute towards the creation of a more pleasant, cohesive environment.




Having considered the response from the public and other consultees it is recommended that the 20mph speed limit in Handsworth be implemented as, on balance, the benefits of the scheme in terms of safety and sustainability are considered to outweigh the concerns raised.





Alternatives Considered and Rejected




In light of the objection’s received consideration Handsworth was given to recommending the retention of the existing speed limit in. However, such a recommendation would run contrary to the delivery of the Sheffield 20mph Speed Limit Strategy. This would also mean that pedestrian and cyclist safety would not be improved, and this would be detrimental to the Council’s Active Travel ambition and vision of Safer streets in our city.




Publication date: 27/09/2022

Date of decision: 21/09/2022

Decided at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee

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