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New 20mph zone to be introduced in Eyres Monsell

Published on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The latest in a series of citywide 20mph zones in residential areas is due to be introduced in Eyres Monsell.

A new scheme has been approved for the area around The Newry, south of Attlee Way on the city’s ring road, following consultation with local residents.

The scheme will connect and extend two existing 20mph zones in the area, which currently cover Southfields Drive, Belton Close, Arnesby Crescent, Greenside Place, Trenant Road, Pen Close and Sponne Rise.

The new 20mph zone will now also cover Cottagers Close, Stonesby Avenue, The Newry, Schoolgate, Farm Close, Bluebell Drive, Poppy Close and Barfoot Road, as well as Littlegarth, Highgate, Windley Road, Elmwood Row, Crabtree Corner, Goldhill and the eastern section of Southfields Drive. 

Traffic-calming measures will include speed cushions on Windley Road and Stonesby Avenue along with a road hump at the nearby existing pedestrian crossing on Stonesby Avenue. 

Detailed designs of the scheme and the traffic-calming measures will now be drawn up over the coming weeks, with a view to installing the scheme by Easter 2018. It is expected to cost about £56,000. 

Consultations with residents revealed that 76 percent were in favour of a 20mph zone, with 61 percent in favour of traffic-calming measures.

The existing 20mph zone around Trenant Avenue was installed in 2008, with the scheme around Arnesby Crescent following in 2009. 

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The original 20mph zones in these areas have been in place already for several years, and the new scheme will now bring them together to cover many more residential streets.

“Reducing traffic speeds will help make the roads in the area safer for all road users, as well as pedestrians and cyclists.

“The work is the latest in our rolling programme of installing 20mph zones in areas where we are requested to do so by residents. “