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Road speeds to go down to 20mph

Speed limit sign
There are already a number of 20mph zones in the city

Oxford is set to have 20mph speed limits on many of its roads after councillors voted to approve the plan.

Almost all residential roads will become 20mph zones as well as sections of main A and B roads that are busy shopping areas.

The new speed limits will start being introduced from July.

Ian Hudspeth, Oxfordshire County Council cabinet member for transport, said people had been calling for the new limits for some time.

He said: "A reduction in speed will reduce the number and severity of accidents, encourage walking and cycling and generally improve the environment."

Wide support

Oxfordshire County Council said a consultation it ran in February found 69% of respondents supported the 20mph plan.

Earlier this week, road safety minister Jim Fitzpatrick announced proposals to bring down speed limits in urban areas of Britain where there is a higher risk of accidents from 30mph to 20mph.

"The fact that the government wants similar schemes introduced elsewhere puts Oxfordshire in the vanguard," said Mr Hudspeth.

"If this cuts speed by even a 1mph average that will deliver a 5% reduction in casualties - nationally accepted speed statistics prove that. If this saves one life, it will have been worth it."



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