West Sussex County Council is introducing the lower 20mph speed limit for every residential street in Chichester, excluding A and B roads.
New road signs and road markings are already being placed in Chichester in readiness of the introduction of a 20mph limit on all residential roads in our city.
West Sussex County Council hopes the change will make the streets quieter, safer, encourage more people to walk and cycle and boost the economy with an impact on jobs as more people will be likely to use local shops in the centre of town rather than travelling out.
Principal communities officer Greg Ockwell said: “Most people feel safer in a 20mph limit and find it easier to cross the road, ride bikes or play outside. A 20mph limit also encourages more considerate driving, particularly for short trips, which makes for quieter streets and an environment where neighbours are more likely to get to know each other. When people feel the roads are safer, they are much more likely to cycle or walk to work, school, the doctors or local shops, reducing congestion and pollution.”
Some traders in Chichester voiced concerns that it may have a negative impact on trade with potential fuel savings outweighed by increased labour costs.
It has also been questioned as to how effectively the new limit will be policed and enforced.
So if you're heading off for a job interview in Chichester by car- make sure you allow a bit of extra time!