Working with the local community

There are many 20mph speed limits in Devon, a lot of them outside schools. Newton Abbot 20 would be the first 20mph speed limit in Devon to include the majority of a town or urban area rather than a small area or single street.

To shape what Newton Abbot 20 would look like and make sure it’s right for local people, we need to know what those who live and work in the town think and if they have any ideas.

In June we held the first stage of a three-part consultation. It included a survey to better understand residents’ perceptions of traffic and road safety in the town. The survey stopped short of asking for their views about a possible 20mph scheme though, because we wanted to first understand people’s feelings without their answers being influenced by the prospect of a reduced speed limit in the town.

Almost 2,700 people responded to the initial survey – that’s almost 12 per cent of the town’s adult population according to the last published census results!

And between October 25 and November 25 a consultation regarding the proposals for the scheme itself was carried out. The consultation has now closed and we are now analysing the responses.

If a scheme is supported by the community, the third part of the consultation would be the formal Traffic Regulation Order process.