The national speed limit could be scrapped on scores of Surrey's country roads. Councillors in Waverley and Guildford boroughs and the Mole Valley district approved reducing the "reckless" speed limit on many existing 60mph roads at a series of meetings over the past week.

The current £100,000 project applies to roads in the eastern parts ofWaverleyand亚博娱乐and western Mole Valley – including around places such as谢尔,Peaslakeand Ewhurst – but is expected to be rolled out across the rest of south Surrey and could then be brought in across the county. Councillors heard the default limit on many roads was "inappropriate" and cutting it would reducecollisionsand casualties and make them nicer for pedestrians,cyclistsand horse riders.

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Addressing theSurrey County Councillocal committee meetings for each borough in the past week, Duncan Knox, the council's road safety manager, said the limits were historical and driving at 60 on lots of rural roads was "very reckless or probably impossible in many cases". Some limits will be slashed from 60mph to 20mph including on Coldharbour Lane nearDorkingand through Coldharbour village – where Cllr Chris Townsend described the current 60 limit as "crazy" at last Wednesday's (March 9) Mole Valley Local Committee.

Hazel Watson, county councillor for Dorking Hills, said: "These are rural roads which are narrow and winding with poor sight lines; 60mph speed limits are not appropriate for such roads, especially when the A roads such as theA25 west of Dorking have speed limits of either 40mphor 30mph."

Alison Taylor's father was killed by a car on the A25 in Abinger Hammer in 2015. The speed limit on one stretch of that road has since been reduced
Alison Taylor's father was killed by a car on the A25 in Abinger Hammer in 2015. The speed limit on one stretch of that road has since been reduced

Speed surveys have already been carried out at dozens of sites. According to council policy, limits can only be put in if drivers are not already going significantly faster than the new speed.

At Wednesday's (March 16) Guildford joint committee meeting, Cllr Bob Hughes, said: "I welcome the quite large number of proposals for my Shere division. One or two of them, I don't know how people manage to get up to those speeds in those roads, but unfortunately they do. They are all very welcome."

Cllr霏欧纳白也支持这个项目,说she found driving on some country roads "really frightening" when other motorists were hitting high speeds. Some councillors expressed concern the policy would mean more signs going up in the countryside.

Asked if it would result in a "proliferation of new signs" at the Mole Valley meeting, Mr Knox said there would be more, but the council would try to put repeater signs on existing posts and, if new posts were needed, it was looking at making them wooden. Asked if wholesale changes could come in beyond the areas currently under consideration, he said: "It could be just as easily extended to parts of Surrey where the national speed limits are in place and are no longer appropriate."

He said the speed limits on manyroads to the east of the A24 were already reduced.Councillor Clare Curran asked how the new limits would be enforced and whether more cameras would be used, givenSurrey Policedo not want to devote extra resources to policing the changes.

The council was not planning camera enforcement but would consider collision and speed data again after the new limits were implemented, Mr Knox said. A traffic order will now be advertised and the new limits are then expected to be introduced in the next six months.