Marlborough’s long-awaited and discussed 20mph speed limit is now operational across specific areas of the town. Signs are now in place and large white painted ’20’ or ’30’ symbols have appeared on roads affected.
The main area covered is the central part of the town comprising the High Street (as far West as Hyde Lane), Kingsbury Street, Barn Street (as far up as the Silverless Street junction, New Road and London Road (as far East as the Salisbury Road roundabout). St Martins is also included as is The Parade and Kennet Place.
Other smaller ‘feeder’ roads have had to be included as well, such as Kennet Place and Angel Yard (for The Parade and High Street), Kelham Gardens (for London Rd), Rawlingswell Lane (for St Martins) and Oxford Road and Silverless Street.
These smaller ‘feeder’ roads have had to be included otherwise they would have had the original 30mph applied, and would have required appropriate signage as a result. But how frequently does anyone ever drive anywhere near 20mph down Rawlingswell Lane, along Angel Yard or Kennet Place? (no answer expected).
Mayor Mervyn Hall told marlborough.news: “The new 20mph speed limit is intended to make our, increasingly busy, roads safer around the town centre. It should also, in normal traffic conditions, smooth the flow of traffic and stop it from bunching, so emissions will be lower. It will need to bed in for a while and then we will be able to assess impact that it is having. Let’s hope that the effect is positive.”
Marlborough resident Alan Pryor raised a key issue – enforcement – when he commented: “I think the reduced speed limit is a good idea but it does need better publicity and there should be advance warning signs that the speed limit has changed. I also think it is unlikely to be observed unless it is enforced!”
20mph limits are becoming commonplace in busy urban areas and small rural village locations where excessive speed has become a real problem as the number of cars on the road has multiplied and the public transport service has eroded.
It is possible that a driver will be apprehended for exceeding a 20mph limit and even if doing 30 the penalty could be very heavy, as that would be viewed as exceeding the limit by 50%.
Below is a map shoring the newly limited stretches in either red or green: