Maghull Labour Councillors give greenlight to 20mph zones and wi

Sudell Ward Labour Councillors Lynn Gatherer and Patrick McKinley and Maghull Labour Action Team’s Rob Owens on Old Hall Road which will go from 30mph to 20mph.

 

Maghull Labour Councillors have given the greenlight to plans to introduce 20mph zones on roads in Maghull.

Councillors voted through the plans which will see selected roads in the town reduced from 30mph to 20mph.

Roads included in the scheme include:

* Moorhey Road, 
* Old Hall Road, 
* Hall Lane, 
* Deyes Lane (part), 
* Eastway (part), 
* Damfield Lane,
* Foxhouse Lane

Sudell Ward Labour Councillor Lynn Gatherer voted in favour of the 20mph zones.

Cllr Gatherer said: "I have two children who have grown up in Maghull. The speed of traffic on some of our roads has been a constant issue.

"In this type of residential area, there really is no need to do any more than 20mph. We have a number of primary and secondary school and restricting traffic speed will help to save lives and keep our roads safer for not just our children, but also older people in our community.

"Studies show that every mile-per-hour over 20mph dramatically increases the risk of serious injury or death in the event of a collision. In areas of Portsmouth where 20mph zones have been introduced, there have been 22% fewer casualties.

"There are also proven improvements in air quality and pollution. Which is obviously beneficial for the whole community.

"For these reasons I will be backing the proposals."

Fellow Sudell Ward Labour Councillor Patrick McKinley has also backed the move.

Cllr McKinley said: "Some of our roads are very hazardous because of speeding traffic.

"Studies show that people who travel at 20mph in speed restricted areas reach their destination no more than 40 seconds later because the flow of traffic is improved.

"It is better to arrive 40 seconds later than risk seriously injuring a child. It's a small price to pay."

Maghull Labour Action Team's Rob Owens said he and the councillors will be assessing the impact of the new 20mph zones.

Rob said: "We all want safer streets. The 20mph zones are designed to do just that.

"In the coming months we will be assessing the effectiveness of the zones and ensuring that our roads are safer for young and old, pedestrians and motorists alike."