Trial speed limit of 20mph on the way for Melbourn

A VILLAGE-wide speed limit of 20mph is set to be imposed in Melbourn on a trial basis. Cambridgeshire County Council has selected the village to be part of a trial scheme after Girton turned down the opportunity to be involved. Consultation is currently t

A VILLAGE-wide speed limit of 20mph is set to be imposed in Melbourn on a trial basis.

Cambridgeshire County Council has selected the village to be part of a trial scheme after Girton turned down the opportunity to be involved.

Consultation is currently taking place, and if this proves to be positive, the limit will be put in place from next spring.

A county council spokesman said: "It is intended that the 20mph limit will replace the existing 30 mph on all of the village roads, except on Cambridge Road where it will commence at the Melbourn Science Park. The 30 mph limit will remain in place on Cambridge Road, to the east of the science park."


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Parish councillor Mike Linnette said that Melbourn Parish Council would welcome the scheme.

He said: "The questionnaires which have been put out for the Melbourn parish plan suggest that one of the things which concerns people the most is unsuitable driving in the village, so this presents us with a chance to do something about it.

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"As a parish council we welcome this plan and hope that it goes ahead."

The trial has come about following the success of similar schemes implemented in cities such as Newcastle and Portsmouth.

Cllr Susan van de Ven, Melbourn's county councillor, has also given the plans her backing.

She said: "I receive consistent concerns from residents about traffic-related issues. At a time of financial shortage and restraint, it seems to me a stroke of luck that such an opportunity as this should present itself.

"Slower traffic will bring many benefits."

Anyone wishing to make their views known during the consultation can do so by visiting http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/ All comments must be received by November 20.

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