Drivers split on new Sheffield 20mph zone

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Motorists are being asked for their views on creating a new 20mph zone in the Darnall area of Sheffield.

Sheffield Council says the scheme, which is proposed along Staniforth Road between Station Road and Ouse Road as well as on nearby side streets, will make the area safer and a ‘more pleasant place to be’.

The initiative is part of a series of 20mph zones which are being introduced across the city to improve safety, six of them this year.

It is estimated to cost £67,100.

Drivers had divided opinions on the plan.

Andy McGez said: “Twenty miles an hour is a joke.

“Make it five and we’ll have a mate walk in front with a flag as we drive.”

But Lee Flowers said action was required in the Darnall area.

He added: “They don’t half speed down there – they think they own the road.”

The council says that lower speed limits reduce the severity of injuries for anybody involved in a collision.

The new limit would come into force by March next year.

Darnall councillor Mazher Iqbal, also the council’s cabinet member for communities and public health, said there was a demand for a lower speed limit in the area.

He added: “Many local people have asked my fellow ward councillors and I to take action to improve road safety in Darnall.

“We believe this 20mph area will help in this, but it also needs residents to spread the word and encourage their neighbours to keep within the speed limits and to respect the safety of others.”

The council is also reminding parents who drive children to school to park responsibly. Those who stop on zig-zag lines outside schools risk a £70 fine.