New Speed Limit For Cambridge

9 August 2010, 10:36 | Updated: 9 August 2010, 12:24

The new speed limit on roads in the centre of Cambridge is 20MPH.

The trial scheme will initially last for a year, and covers streets in Cambridge bounded by the inner ring road and the river.

The inner ring road is made up of East Road, Gonville Place, Lensfield Road, The Fen Causeway, Queen's Road and Chesterton Road.

Roads inside of these streets will have the new speed limit - but not the inner ring road itself.

So St Andrew's Street, Trumpington Street, Regent Street, Downing Street, Emmanuel Street, Drummer Street, King Street and Jesus Lane are among the roads with a new lower speed limit.

However, Victoria Avenue is not included.

Signs are being put up on roads that are affected by the new speed limit.

Cambridgeshire County Council believes the new, lower speed limit will reduce accidents and protect vulnerable road users like pedestrians, children and cyclists.

Previously, only some roads in the centre of the city had a 20MPH limit, while others had a 30MPH limit.

County Council staff will carry out speed surveys during the 12 month trial, and they will also look at the number of accidents on streets included in the scheme.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Mac McGuire, Cabinet Member for Highways and Access, said: "Improving safety on our roads is my number one objective.

This new scheme is a step forward in reducing accidents and encouraging more people to use their cycles and walk.

By making the area safer it is more likely people will want to walk or cycle and therefore reduce congestion and improve the environment.

We will be keeping a close eye on the scheme and reviewing it after a year."