Nottingham divided over speed limit plan that will definitely change travel around the city


Proposals to reduce speed limits around Nottingham city center have divided opinion among pedestrians and drivers on the streets.

A number of streets in central Nottingham could become 20mph zones if plans proposed by the municipal council are seen through.

Among these are some of the main streets in the city center where the limit is currently 30 mph, including Talbot Street, Shakespeare Street, Friar Lane and Peel Street.

The reduction has been proposed as a way to slow down cars in the city, according to the council, to reduce carbon emissions and improve safety.

Deputy Head of City Council Sally Longford said it was “to encourage sustainable travel and make the city a more attractive place to walk and cycle”.

But that decision has divided opinions among people we spoke to on the streets of Nottingham.

David Finch, 50, building safety manager for real estate company JLL at Trinity Square Car Park, said reducing the speed limit would make the city center much safer.

He said, “It’s a good idea. The cars could lose speed a little. Especially on this road [North Church Street].

“We see cars flying here every day. There were a few accidents and near misses. These are the folks in the big expensive four-by-fours and quads. It’s a nightmare here.

And Michael Brown, 65, of Ruddington, said he was in favor of the plans as a way to stop drivers going at “incredible speeds” in the city.

But others were more skeptical, including several taxi drivers, who said the roads were already too slow.

Balbir Singh, 59, a taxi driver, said: “30mph is slow like that. 20 will be very slow and slow down traffic. You can’t even do 20 in town most of the time. We always drive behind buses. .

While another taxi driver, known as Mr. Dylan, claimed that the speed limit reduction was simply a “money-making scam”. He added, “I don’t think it’s about the environment. It has nothing to do with it.

Another taxi driver, who asked not to be named, said the current speed limit was about right and some drivers would ignore a slower limit.

He said: “It’s not going to stop the young runners. They’re going to go over 30 anyway.

“I think 30 is fair. You can’t go anywhere at 20 miles an hour. There are still a lot of traffic problems. Either way, you’re stuck behind traffic the whole time.

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Pedestrians were more positive about the move and welcomed the fact that cars are expected to slow down in the city center.

A pedestrian, who asked to be named only Molly, said: “This is great. I usually use the tram when I go to town. The fewer cars there are, the better, especially in the city. I think it’s a good plan.

And another pedestrian, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s always a good thing to reduce speed in a built-up area. As far as I’m concerned, everyone drives too fast anyway, so if they slow down, I’m fine.

“Anything that slows down traffic in a built-up area is good. “

A formal consultation on the plans was launched this week, following an informal feedback exercise earlier in the year in which 71% of respondents said they believe reducing the speed limit in major downtown streets was the right decision.

Responses can be sent in writing to [email protected] and should be received by Monday September 27th.

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