Sheffield Greens are responding to the news that the Council has taken up a key Green Party policy of reducing speed limits across the city centre to 20mph .
The party are delighted that the Council has chosen to go ahead with a policy campaigned for by Sheffield Greens for a number of years.
Cllr Rob Murphy, speaker for the Green Councillors group and representing City Ward, said:
“We are of course very happy that the Council have chosen to listen to Sheffield Greens and introduce our policy on 20mph speed limits for the city centre, except for on main roads. It is something that we have been campaigning on and working hard to achieve for many years.
“The Greens were the first to push for 20mph zones in Sheffield, and have been doing so since 2008. We have included funding for this measure annually in our fully costed Council budgets since 2014.
“A city centre 20mph speed limit zone will greatly improve the safety of city centre residents, who currently face the worst road traffic accident rates in Sheffield. We of course understand it is necessary for some people to use cars in the city centre but this limit is needed to protect pedestrians and cyclists.
“We are glad that the Council has now decided it agrees with us, but regret that this couldn’t have happened earlier when we were first proposing the policy.”