Cardiff Liberal Democrats question proposed 20mph zones in Cathays and Roath

July 12, 2013 3:03 PM


Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central Jenny Willott and Liberal Democrat Group Leader on Cardiff Council Cllr Judith Woodman, have questioned proposals to introduce 20mph zones in Cathays and Roath.

The current proposals could include introducing speed bumps and zebra crossings along streets such as City Road, with the whole scheme costing a grand total of £200,000. Cardiff Liberal Democrats believe this money could be better spent in other parts of the city.

Commenting, Jenny Willott MP said:

"While I support 20mph zones in principle, particularly around schools, I do wonder whether Cardiff Council have thought the plans through sufficiently. They plan to introduce zones around schools, parks and shops, which in theory covers a large part of Cardiff. Do the council honestly propose putting speed bumps and zebra crossings throughout Cathays and Roath?

"Furthermore, there are other parts of Cardiff, such as Cyncoed or Pentwyn, where speed is a much bigger issue as the roads are quieter, less narrow and less congested, with fewer traffic lights. I feel the money could have a much bigger impact in these areas.

"At the very least Cardiff Council could better invest this money in sorting out the potholes which blight communities across the city."

Cllr Judith Woodman, who represents Pentwyn, agrees,

"Speeding is definitely a bigger issue in my ward where roads near schools suffer in particular due to the nature of them being long and straight, for example around Springwood Primary, Glyncoed Primary, St. David's Primary, St. Bernadette's, Ysgol Y Berllan Deg and Llanedeyrn Primary. The problem will only be exacerbated when the new St. Teilo's Church in Wales High School site opens in September.

"I and my colleagues would welcome 20mph zones in our area as they can be effective even when schools are on holidays, in getting people to change their driving habits. I welcome the attempt to tackle speed in the city but don't agree with the council that speed bumps across the city are necessarily the answer."

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