As part of ongoing work to make Torbay’s road safer for all users, the council is to consider implementing 20mph speed zones in the Queensway area of Torquay and Fisher Street area of Paignton.
This proactive measure aims to enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety and improve the quality of life for local residents.
The roads surrounding Queensway in Torquay and Fisher Street in Paignton have been identified by the council’s Transport and Parking Working Party in its Road Safety Initiatives plan as areas which would benefit from safety improvements by reducing vehicle speeds.
Ahead of any changes being made, residents that live in or use the proposed designated areas are encouraged to look at plans and share their views on whether or not they think reducing vehicle speed is a good idea, said the coucil.
Lowering the speed limit in residential areas, especially around schools can help safeguard pedestrians. Slower vehicle speeds enhance visibility, allowing drivers to react swiftly to any unpredictable pedestrian movement.
Other benefits of lowering speeds lead to decreased noise levels and less exhaust emissions, which improves air quality, benefitting the health of all residents.
Cllr Chris Lewis, Cabinet Member for Place Services and Economic Growth at Torbay Council, said; “Statistics show that Torbay has one of the highest pedestrian casualty rates in the south west. We want to ensure Torbay’s roads are safe for all users and that’s why we are looking at implementing a range of initiatives – particularly in residential areas and around schools.
“By sharing your thoughts on the proposals, you get to help shape road safety measures in your local community”.
If approved, the schemes would introduce a mandatory 20mph speed limit, at all times, on all roads within the designated areas.