The Petition of a resident of the UK,
Declares that the Petitioner believes that the current speed limit of 60 mph in Elterwater, Cumbria, is hazardous for local residents.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to change the speed limit in the area to 20 mph, and introduce traffic calming measures.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Tim Farron, Official Report, 11 November 2013; Vol. 570, c. 774.]
Observations from the Secretary of State for Transport:
The Department issued revised guidance in January 2013 aimed mainly at local traffic authorities who are responsible for setting speed limits on local roads. It has also been designed to help explain to everyone why and how local speed limits are determined. This circular has been revised following full public consultation in summer 2012.
Traffic authorities set local speed limits in situations where local needs and conditions suggest a speed limit which is lower than the national speed limit. It is right that local traffic authorities, not central Government, should have the flexibility to set local speed limits that are appropriate for the individual road, reflecting local needs and taking account of local considerations.
Further details can be found online at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/setting-local-speed-limits.