Faversham 20mph limit
A new town-wide 20mph limit in Faversham will be created as part of plans to increase walking and cycling. This scheme is one of various active travel initiatives to encourage more cycling and walking in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The changes around town will include 20mph road markings and signs as well as signed 20mph ‘gateways’ as you drive in. These will have either a buff or red surface to highlight the start of the new speed limit. We are also looking to install planters to enhance some of the 20mph zone entrances.
There will be no other traffic calming measures such as speed bumps. However, throughout the trial period we will be monitoring the effectiveness of the scheme and listening to your feedback, which means further measures may be taken to make it safer to walk and cycle.
We are working with Faversham Town Council and its 20's Plenty committee on this scheme.
There are studies that show 20mph schemes encourage active travel, increasing walking and cycling levels by about a fifth because they feel safer.
More walking and cycling can help:
- improve health
- save money
- reduce traffic congestion
- increase levels of physical activity
- improve air quality.
Lower speeds give drivers and others more time to react.
By travelling at 20mph instead of 30mph, pedestrians and cyclists are five times more likely to survive a hit by a motorised vehicle. With a reduction of just 1mph, this can reduce casualties by an average of 6%.
Whether you are driving, walking or cycling around the town read safety information for all road users via the Kent Road Safety website.
Work in Faversham started on the 10 August 2020.
Whilst most of the scheme has now been implemented, there are a few areas where old signs need to be removed or additional 20mph signs need installing. These works will take place during October.
Planters have been placed at the side of the road at The Mall, Bysing Wood Road, The Street and Whitstable Road. These have been planted and will be maintained by us. The planter gateway features the highlighted entry point to the 20mph limit zone and takes the place of formal build outs.
This scheme has been shaped by feedback gathered at public consultation events run by 20’s Plenty for Faversham. Your views continue to be vital to:
- help us measure the success of the trial
- inform future improvements
- help us decide whether to make the scheme permanent.
The Experimental Traffic Regulation Order, which will make the new speed limit legal is available to view and respond to from our consultation website until Wednesday 3 March 2021.
As well as the consultation, Faversham Town Council is seeking views on where you want to see improvements to make Faversham safer for everyone.
They are also planning a programme of events over the coming months where you can find out more about the project.
To take part you can: