Challenge to local safety campaigns

Proposed County Council policy would mean action only after a serious accident, the local Lib Dems have warned.

The Conservative-run County Council looks set to agree a new “Traffic Management Policy” based on the implausible assumption that “speed limits are broadly set at the correct level across the Hampshire road network”. In future, changes would only be made in response to accidents where someone is injured or killed. 

If agreed, it will make it harder to preempt emerging and new problems and to get some of the measures that Lib Dem councillors have been working with local people to achieve. 

Martin Tod commented: “We will keep campaigning to make local roads safer. The council need to be supporting healthier, more environmental forms of travel and making them safer - not waiting until someone is injured before anything is done.”

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