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Question 13 - we asked:

Do you agree that 20mph should become the norm for local streets in Cambridge and surrounding villages? Do you support this on all roads, all roads except major roads, or not at all?

We asked this question in these 7 divisions: Arbury, Cherry Hinton, Coleridge, King's Hedges, Market, Newnham, West Chesterton.

21 of the 30 candidates (70%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)

No I don't. I think too often this is the easy option and without enforcement it means nothing. Again I would like roads to be decluttered and signage removed that will naturally bring the traffic speeds down. That said in some areas 20mph is an appropriate speed limit and should be signed as such.

(Conservative Party)

Yes, on all residential or central roads including major roads, except major non-residential roads where safe and segregated cycle lanes are available. But it is not enough to introduce a speed limit with great fanfare, and then fail to enforce it. I have already mentioned how the 20mph speed limit in Market Ward, where I live, is not being observed or enforced, and the evidence we have of this. I would not only introduce such limits, but also take moral responsibility for seeing that they were implemented.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative Party)


Most motorists already reduce their speed below 30 mph where they can see a clear risk.

The ones that don't will take no more notice of a 20 mph limit than they already take of a 30 mph limit.

Shaun Peter ESGATE
(Green Party)

I support this for most city roads. Blanket restrictions like this produce improvements in casualty statistics but 20mph zones are not always appropriate.

Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Basically "all roads", since some "major roads" (eg Victoria Road) are not suitable for 30mph (if one had to choose one of Victoria rd and Gilbert rd fr 20moh one would surely pick the former). I'd also pick 25mph, this being one of the most widely adopted speed limits throughout the word (ie 40kph)

(Green Party)

Yes, this is a sensible speed for busy residential areas. Local residents should be consulted to ensure 20mph areas are in the correct places.

Simon David Francis SEDGWICK-JELL
(Green Party)

All roads in built-up areas.


I believe that this is an expensive, symbolic and meaningless gesture. The half million pounds could be far better used in improving junctions and reducing ambiguities. The Police don't enforce it and the roads are generally not suitable for travelling at 20+ for very far anyway. I can generally only exceed 20 on my bicycle!

(Labour Party)

20mph is a sensible speed limit in residential areas. Signage and police enforcement are important to make sure people slow down in villages and residential streets.
It is the maximum speed that is sensible in traffic calmed areas, and does prevent accidents.

(Labour Party)

Yes, agree following consultation with residents. A 20 mph limit requires a major shift in driver behaviour which can only happen if it is accompanied by education, a significant programme of road re- engineering and signage and, importantly, effective police enforcement, particularly in the early stages of implementation. It needs the City and County Councils to work together and substantial money invested. It is also important to work with bus companies to ensure that bus services are not adversely affected.
Shopping areas on main county roads to be 20mph with appropriate re-engineering.

(Labour Party)

Providing residents agree following consultation (and we hope they will), yes.

20 mph requires a major shift in driver behaviour which can only happen if it is accompanied by education, a significant programme of road re- engineering, signage and, effective police enforcement. It needs both the City and County Councils to work together and substantial money invested.

It is also important to work with Stagecoach and other bus companies to ensure that bus services are not affected as many elderly residents rely on services such as the No 17 to get to shops or services.

(Labour Party)

I believe local residents views are important in implementation of this plan, and we should always implement evidence-based policy. Introducing the scheme will require significant re-engineering and signage, as well as education of drivers. Importantly the 20mph scheme should not be seen as a panacea for road problems, as this could ignore other solutions such as better separation for cycle-lanes and altering traffic flows. We also need to make sure that public transport is not negatively affected by the scheme through firm negotiations with Stagecoach.

(Labour Party)

Yes, providing residents agree after consultation and if it comes in it needs to be accompanied by education, re-engineering of some roads and good enforcement action by the police.

(Labour Party)

Yes, but only condition that residents are consulted and agree. There is also a strong case for lowering the limit on many of the country roads that connect villages and which come into Cambridge (especially so as to ensure there is not too sharp a difference between limits on roads into and within populated areas).

Jocelynne SCUTT
(Labour Party)

I support the 20mph limit in general, however, I also believe it is important to listen to residents who must be consulted, particularly in relation to roads such as Victoria Road. Any consultation must be open, transparent and with residents advised of how the consultation will be taken into account in decision-making, then advised of how it has been taken into account.

Bus companies must also be a part of any such plan, for many people rely on buses for travelling to work, access to services, leisure activities, shopping, etc. This is particularly so in parts of West Chesterton (although residents cry out for ‘better bus services’). It is vital that bus services not be negatively affected by such a change, because of their key role in the overall transport needs of Cambridge.

Where the 20mph limit exists or is introduced, road-engineering may be necessary and improvements to road signage are essential. Road signage must be readily seen, situated so that motorists are properly informed in a timely manner and at proper intervals along all relevant roads.

Labour believes that County and City Councils should work together cooperatively and if the 20mph limit were to be introduced throughout Cambridge, it will require such cooperation, with substantial financial investment.

William James BARTER
(Liberal Democrat)

I support the introduction of 20mph speed limits for local streets (though not major A and B roads), in consultation with local residents.

(Liberal Democrat)

Yes and as a resident I have regularly raised the issue of speeding on residential areas in the Kite area where I live.
All residential streets in Market are now 20mph zones. I have supported the improved 20mph signage on Maids Causeway that the Market councillors have implemented

David Aubertin GRACE
(Liberal Democrat)

Personally, I am a strong supporter of 20mph zones, as their effectiveness in saving lives is a matter of record. However, it is essential that such zones have the consent of local residents and I have been consulting people living in the streets around Arbury Road. A-roads in town are a particular problem, better solved when possible by separation as suggested in question 6.

Daniel Stephen LEVY
(Liberal Democrat)

I think that there should be a 20MPH speed limit on all roads except major roads in Cambridge and surrounding villages.

Lucy Kathleen NETHSINGHA
(Liberal Democrat)

Certainly for local streets in my area of Cambridge, I would not want to offer an opinion on local villages, as that decision would need to be made by the residents of those villages, and each village would have different circumstances.

(Liberal Democrat)

Yes. Definitely

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