Over the last few years we have pursued a policy of introducing 20mph zones outside of schools, in district centres and in residential areas already benefitting from previous introduction of traffic calming measures and interventions. Over 50 schemes have been implemented, including for example within Gateshead town centre and over a large area of Birtley.
A number of possible future schemes have been identified and later this year, following review, the Council’s Cabinet will be invited to consider and approve a new programme of works to be undertaken over the next five years.
Achieving a Pleasant Walking Environment
Achieving a reduction to the speed of traffic can make a significant contribution to the confidence and comfort of pedestrians. In addition to an increase in perceptions of safety, it has been calculated that collisions in 20mph areas have reduced by an average of 13% following the introduction of the zone (which is approximately two thirds greater than the decrease seen in Gateshead in general).
20mph zones form part of a wider programme by Gateshead Council to address the Councils strategic transport objectives and in particular to respond to traffic concerns and to benefit and promote pedestrian and cycling amenity.