19 Jul 2019

New 20mph speed limit for Newchurch

Road safety is at the heart of moves by the Isle of Wight Council to reduce traffic speeds in and around an Island village.

Residents in Newchurch had long campaigned for a 20mph speed limit through the centre of the village, in a bid to tackle speeding drivers and increasing volumes of traffic.

Now the local authority, working in close partnership with Newchurch Parish Council, Island Roads and the local ward member, have agreed a series of new speed restrictions throughout the parish to improve road safety.

Councillor Clare Mosdell explained: “We have all worked together to bring the speed down through Newchurch from 30mph to 20mph, which will hopefully bring many benefits.

“It has been a huge piece of work but these measures will reduce risks for pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and motorists alike.”

Under the new traffic regulation order (TRO), the largest area subject to change will be from Langbridge through to Branstone Cross, including Newchurch High Street.

Some sections will see new 30mph and 20mph speed limits as well as the introduction of a weight restriction. There will also be changes around the arms of Whitely Bank roundabout and between Apse Heath roundabout and Branstone Cross.

The TRO implementation works are expected to start in August.

From the outset, Councillor Mosdell said a key consideration was that any scheme should not impact on Bartletts Service Station, based at Langbridge Business Centre.

“The parish council and myself wanted to make sure Bartletts could still run a successful business so the TRO allows for a certain number of lorry movements each day,” said Councillor Mosdell.

One of the loudest voices calling for a 20mph speed limit was Paul Hendy, a partner in Bartletts, who grew up in the village.

He said: “The roads in and around Newchurch are narrow and there are sections with no pavement meaning pedestrians are forced to walk in the road which can be dangerous, particularly at night.”

Parish council chairman, Councillor Roy Bevan, said any scheme which improved road safety was welcome.

He said: “For many years, Newchurch Parish Council has been concerned about the excessive speed of traffic on various roads within the parish.

“The parish council is grateful for the contributions of all agencies involved in the creation of this TRO, and acknowledges and appreciates the work done by Councillor Mosdell.”

Councillor Ian Ward, the Isle of Wight Council’s Cabinet member for infrastructure and transport, added: “Speed is relative to the conditions of the road and you only have to look at these roads to see 30mph is inappropriate.

“The TRO took time to get agreed but we all worked together to get the best outcome.”

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  • Under the new traffic regulation order (TRO), the largest area subject to change will be from Langbridge through to Branstone Cross, including Newchurch High Street
  • Some sections will see new 30mph and 20mph speed limits as well as the introduction of a weight restriction
  • The TRO implementation works are expected to start in August
 
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