Whitton High Street safety plans a missed opportunity, say Lib Dems (From Richmond and Twickenham Times)
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Whitton High Street safety plans a missed opportunity, say Lib Dems
Richmond Council is missing an opportunity to make Whitton High Street safer, according to Liberal Democrat councillors.
The opposition has called for a 20mph limit in the street as part of improvement plans in the area, but said the administration was not pursuing this.
Councillor Liz Jaeger said: “There is strong public support in Whitton for a 20mph limit in the high street. “The first works to be done will realign kerbs and ease pinch points for buses and other large vehicles. This will help traffic move more freely but also possibly increase speeds.
“Given safety concerns, this is an ideal opportunity to introduce a 20 mph limit, as indeed is planned for the Twickenham town centre improvements.
“I urge the council to think again. Not only would this reduce risks at the zebra crossing outside the station, it would also be safer for cyclists. Given the overall cost of the scheme, this would be an easy and inexpensive win for everybody.”
A council spokesman did not confirm whether a 20mph limit would be implemented, but said plans had not been ruled out.
The spokesman said: “Speeds are relatively low in the area, and we hope that features in the new scheme, such as raised crossing points, will help to keep speeds at an appropriate level. We feel this is a suitable approach rather than simply adding more illuminated signage at this stage.”