The new 25mph speed limits have come into effect on a number of roads across Guernsey.
This means that there are now 25mph speed limit zones in place that broadly cover all 'Local Centres and Main Centre Outer Areas', as identified in the Island Development Plan. This includes many smaller lanes, but also roads such as Braye Road.
In addition, there is a new 25mph zone in the vicinity of Blanchelande College. The aim of the reduced speed limits is to help improve road safety, particularly for people that walk or cycle.
As is well known across Guernsey now, the plans have been particularly unpopular with many members of the public. One petition started to try and block the implementation gathered around 4,000 signatures.
E&I brought the new changes in as Statutory Instruments - the Committee says it has had support from many residents of areas around the smaller lanes having their speed's reduced.
There were also moves in the States to put the brakes on Environment & Infrastructure's ideas, but they also never got any speed, being soundly defeated. This was partly because the annulment proposed would have stopped Blanchelande getting its 25mph zone, leaving it as the only school in the island with a 35mph speed limit past it.
Criticism has also been levelled at the plans on the basis that E&I's approach was a 'blanket' one. This is something that Committee President Deputy Barry Brehaut has refuted on multiple occasions, saying they picked the roads and zones carefully.
Maps showing the new speed limits can be found at gov.gg/roadsafety. They are similar to the one above of the Braye Road area.
Speed roundels are also being installed on the road surface at entry points to major roads where the new 25mph speed limits have been introduced. These will help highlight the start of the new limits and will be in addition to the legally enforceable pole mounted signs. Drivers should expect to see the roundels being installed over the next few weeks.
This all comes just a week after passengers had to start wearing their seat belts in the back of a car, another rule looking to improve road safety.
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