Speeding ‘isn’t a problem’ in potential 20mph zone

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to introduce a 20mph zone in Hull city centre have been dealt a blow - after council officials said there wasn’t a speeding problem after all.

Motorists accused Hull Council of trying to penalise drivers and warned the plan would lead to more congestion after the idea was mooted by transport portfolio holder Martin Mancey earlier this year.

Coun Mancey questioned whether driving at 30mph through streets full of shoppers talking on their mobile phones was safe.

Under the plans, the zone would stretch Castle Street to Freetown Way in the north, and east from Ferensway to the River Hull - an area where 67 pedestrians have been injured in five years to 2013.

But now a survey carried out on nine city centre streets including Lowgate, Market Place and Carr Lane, has revealed no one broke the 30mph speed limit in a seven-day period.

The highest speed was 30mph on Alfred Gelder Street, while others ranged from 23mph to 27mph.

A report for a meeting next week warns that “careful consideration should be given to the question ‘what would the benefits of progressing with a 20mph zone within the city’ as currently there is not a speeding problem in the area.”

The report says if councillors wants they can go out to consultation, but lays out a series of possible stumbling blocks, including the minimum £65,000 cost. Regulations state that no point in the 20mph zone should be further than 50m from a traffic calming feature - like speed humps. But the report says that installing more humps may cause concern from bus operators and the emergency services and installing large numbers of signs could well be a backward step just when money has been spent decluttering the city centre. Coun Mancey was unavailable for comment.