Over 1,100 streets in Manchester have become 20mph zones in a new scheme which aims to make the roads safer. The streets cover three main areas including parts of Moss Side, Hulme, Clayton, Ancoats and Longsight among other parts of the city. The scheme is set to reach other parts of the city if the initial stages are successful and more funding can be found. New road signs have already been placed in the appropriate areas indicating the speed limit although this is not legally enforceable as yet.
The scheme is hoped to encourage more children to walk to school and to make the roads safer and more pleasant for residents. Some £500,000 of public health funding has been used to make the changes, which have been in process for over two years and some of the cash is to go towards raising awareness of road safety as well as to encourage more people to walk or cycle in the area. The residents in the area requested the changes and Longsight councillor Lutfur Rahman has stated that it is hoped more funding can become available to extend the project wider in the area.
Speed limits making the roads safer
The 20mph zones scheme may work to encourage road users to slow down on the roads, preventing potential collisions and fatalities. Speeding is one of the ‘fatal four’ things which cause serious injury and fatality on the roads. Others include mobile phone use at the wheel, failing to wear a seatbelt and driving while under the influence of drink or drugs. Simple road safety awareness and lowering your speed can be the difference between getting from A to B without incident and causing a fatal road accident. Should another driver or road user be at fault for an accident on the road and you are injured as a result, you may be able to win some compensation for your suffering.
Accident Advice Helpline can assist
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in helping victims of injuries and accidents which were caused by someone else. Where there is evidence that someone else was at fault for your road accident and you have been injured, you may be able to win a cash payout to help you cope financially. The compensation you win can cover your pain, any loss in wages and any unforeseen expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident. Call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 and obtain some no-obligation advice from our team of advisers.
Source: Manchester Evening News
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown