Cheshire East Council wants to hear your views on its updated draft speed management strategy.
The document, which is being finalised in consultation with partners including Cheshire police, who are responsible for speed enforcement across the borough, has been out for public consultation since 1 December – and will end on 31 January.
The strategy aims to provide a safer road environment for everyone by setting out how speed will be managed on the borough’s roads. By providing clearer guidance on speed management, the strategy will ensure that the principles are consistently applied across the road network, with support from our partner agencies.
An important factor in shaping the strategy was the adoption of Cheshire East’s Local Transport Plan in 2019, which placed greater emphasis on considering the needs of vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists.
The strategy includes guidance on the way the council manages speed, while also considering changing attitudes towards means of travel, particularly since the pandemic, when people’s habits and priorities changed. The strategy supports the council’s ‘active travel’ priority, which aims to encourage more walking and cycling to help deliver on the authority’s carbon neutral targets.
Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council and chair of its highways and transport committee, said: “This public consultation is an opportunity to empower, enable and encourage people to comment on the strategy, which is used to manage speed and, importantly, help people to feel safe – including those walking and cycling to get around.
“So, I would urge people to take part in the consultation and share their views before the midnight deadline on 31 January.”
The consultation is about the overall approach to managing speed on all road types across the borough – not the merits of existing speed limits on specific roads. More information can be found on our consultations webpage.
Once the consultation ends, the council will analyse the feedback and modify the strategy, if required, before being submitted for approval and adoption in summer 2022.