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East Sussex County Council transport chief to reject calls for 50mph limit on C7 from Newhaven to Lewes
2:00pm Tuesday 16th July 2013 in News
A senior councillor is set to reject calls to reduce the speed limit along a busy country road.
East Sussex County Council’s transport chief Carl Maynard has been advised by officials to reject a petition calling for the 50mph limit on the C7 between Newhaven and Lewes to be reduced to 40mph.
The national 60mph speed limit on the road was reduced to 50mph in May 2008 but, official checks show following the change, average speeds actually increased.
However, local authority officials have advised the lead member that 50mph is considered the most appropriate speed limit for the majority of the road.
A counter e-petition on the council’s website calling for the speed limit to be maintained has attracted more than 180 people.
There could however be an extension of the existing 40mph speed limit at Spring Barn Farm as part of new cycleway plans, which are currently going through consultation procedures.
Coun Maynard will also be asked for his opinion on petitions to introduce 20mph zones in the Malling and Barons Down areas of Lewes.
It is expected that he will announce at his transport and environment meeting on Monday that work is being undertaken to look at introducing the restrictions in parts of the county town.
This will be the subject of a public consultation exercise in September and could become a reality by March 2015.
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