A village in South Oxfordshire has become the first pilot site for a scheme to change 30mph roads to 20mph across the country.

This week, Cuxham started the new 20mph scheme with the Oxfordshire County Council putting in new speed signs, road markings, and cutting back vegetation to make them more visible.

Councillor Tim Bearder, cabinet member for highway management said they are delighted that this pilot site is now up and running in the town.

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“We are keen to see what impact the measures will have on the area. There is considerable local support for the change, and we believe it will make this beautiful village even more attractive and safer for pedestrians and cyclists.” he added.

On November 18, three more 20mph pilot schemes were approved – in Long Wittenham, Wallingford Central and Wallingford North.

A fourth trial scheme, in Kirtlington, is also planned once a consultation has taken place.

According to the council, the emphasis will be on changing motorists’ mindsets so that driving above 20mph in a built-up area is seen as socially unacceptable.

Mr Bearder also said that the council has received an “overwhelming level of interest” from towns, villages, and parishes since the announced the expansion of these proposals last month.

“Which shows just what an appetite there is for 20mph becoming the new 30mph in Oxfordshire.” Mr Bearder added.

Last month, the council’s Cabinet endorsed proposals to make it “simpler, quicker and less cost prohibitive” to lower speeds to 20mph on most urban areas and villages streets in places where it is both suitable and supported by residents.


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