JPCS has been awarded the contract to supply and install new 20 mile-per-hour speed signs for Warrington Borough Council, as part of its commitment to safer roads.
Following a successful 18 month pilot scheme, the council is rolling the 20 mile-per-hour programme out across the borough and signs will be installed on identified residential roads in Warrington.
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The signage for the 20 mile-per-hour speed limits will be installed by sign installation experts, JPCS, who will be using an innovative and adjustable foundation solution – Groundscrew® – for approximately over 50 per cent of the signs, which will provide more flexibility across the speed zones. Groundscrew® is a robust and sustainable alternative to traditional concrete bases, which is faster and safer to install, and will allow the signs to be moved easily if required. JPCS was appointed to deliver the contract, following a thorough tender exercise this autumn.
Councillor Linda Dirir, executive board member for highways, transportation and climate change at Warrington Borough Council, said:
“This new scheme will have huge benefits for the town and we hope everybody will get behind it. Not only does it mean increased safety for road users and residents, but with lower speeds it gives residents the confidence to use other modes of travel and encourages walking or cycling. People can also enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits.
“The 20 mile-per-hour roll-out will also help us to work towards our environmental targets to reduce emissions and cost by promoting awareness and encouraging the adoption of other means of travel.”
Rosie Shanks, director at JPCS, said: “It’s very encouraging to see that road safety is at the top of the agenda in Warrington. Figures from the Transport Research Laboratory have shown that lowering urban and residential speed limits to 20 miles-per-hour can decrease child pedestrian accidents by up to 70 per cent so we’re really pleased about the opportunity to contribute to making roads safer in Warrington – something we are passionate about.
“We’ve been working with Warrington Borough Council to develop a cost effective solution which could save up to 30 per cent on costs, as well as halving the time spent on site, as it removes the need for excavation and concreting. This means that the new safety zones can be in place quickly, safely, and with as little disruption to residents as possible.”
Warrington Borough Council is one of 44 local authorities in the UK who have committed to implementing 20 mph as the default speed limit for residential streets.