§ Mr. Kershaw
asked the Minister of Transport why he has altered the speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour in Kingshill and Uley Road, Dursley, in view of the housing and factory developments in the area and the projected increase in the school population debouching on to this road; and whether he will make a statement.
Mr. Bob Brown
We share the view of the Gloucester County Council, which sought our consent to the change, that the previous 30 m.p.h. limits were not a realistic or effective restriction. As they were already very widely ignored and the characteristics of the roads naturally limit speeds above 40 m.p.h., we would not expect any significant increase in speeds as a result of changing the limits and there should not be any reduction in the safety of the road.