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New 20 miles per hour limit in Leigh
12:20pm Saturday 23rd March 2013 in News
THE first of a series of new 20 mile per hour speed limit signs are being installed in Leigh.
Council Leader, Lord Peter Smith, will oversee the launch of the council's new road safety campaign next week when he joins workers erecting the first 20 mph sign at the Hilda Street and Wigan Road junction in Leigh.
Wigan Council has pledged to make the borough’s roads safer by introducing a 20mph speed limit in more residential areas.
Lord Smith said: "We want all of residents, particularly children and young people, to be able to walk, cycle and feel safe on our streets. The introduction of a 20mph speed limit will improve road safety, saving lives and preventing serious injuries." Civic leaders and Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue and the NHS are supporting the introduction of a 20mph speed limit across residential roads.
"Speed is a significant factor in accidents where people are killed and seriously injured. Lowering residential speed limits to 20mph has been found to decrease child pedestrian accidents, and, where collisions do occur, there is a lower risk of serious or fatal injury at lower speeds."
You can sign up to the 20mph pledge at www.wigan.gov.uk/20mph