Slow down speeding cars to save lives, say Reading Greens

1 November 2018

David McElroy (left) and Josh Williams (centre) with Jonathan Bartley from off the leadership elections (right) shilling for 20 mph limits.

Reading Green Party has called on the Borough Council to introduce measures to slow down cars in existing 20 mph zones East Reading. They would also like to see main roads included in 20mph zones to decrease the speed of cars and save lives.

As part of the Greens' campaign to improve road safety in Reading, Jonathan Bartley, Co-Leader of the national Green Party, joined Redlands campaigner David McElroy and Green Councillor Josh Williams last weekend to highlight road safety concerns in East Reading.

David McElroy said: “It's great that the Council has introduced a large 20mph zone in East Reading following Green Party campaigning on this issue. However, the combination of pay-and-display and permit parking on roads around the hospital has cleared these roads of cars at certain points during the week. This has left a number of wide, straight roads like Addington Road open to cars speeding along them, whereas previously parked cars narrowed the road and slowed traffic.

“The increase in speed by cars travelling along these roads has been confirmed by the Council itself following the introduction of the parking scheme. Worse still, parked cars have been displaced onto already busy roads like Hamilton Road, while main roads such as Kings Road, London Road, and Cemetery Junction still have an unacceptably high number of accidents.

“We need measures on Addington road and roads like it to tackle these problems and slow cars down again. We’re also calling for 20mph limits wherever people live, work, and study to reduce the number of accidents and save lives.”

Jonathan Bartley said: "Nationally, hundreds of people die on our roads every year. I'm a passionate campaigner for road safety measures that protect vulnerable road users, such as people walking and riding bikes."

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