Following our article yesterday ‘Complaint to Advertising Standards over Compass anti-20 mph posters’, Worthing Daily has received the following statement from Mr Chris Chatfield, Managing Director of Compass Travel:
“Compass Buses can confirm that if blanket 20 mph speed limits are introduced across Worthing they will have an effect on all Worthing bus routes and are likely to result in a reduction in bus services. Clearly buses cannot travel as far in a given time if they are restricted to 20 mph and so obviously timetables would need to be changed. The pro 20mph lobby clearly recognise the seriousness of our claims and so are doing all they can to discredit our views.
“ However the facts are that already in both Chichester and Brighton where 20 mph has been introduced there has had to be a change to bus timetables and a reduction in services. The same will happen in Worthing but unfortunately the pro 20mph lobby has refused to acknowledge the obvious effects on timetables if buses are slowed down and they have refused to consider exempting bus routes from this scheme.
“Research by road safety experts proves that a blanket 20 mph does not actually reduce accidents and in some cases actually makes roads more dangerous since it doesn’t distinguish places where a 20 mph is necessary such as outside schools. It is also a fact that slower speeds can cause more emissions and increase pollution.
“It is noteworthy that the police do not support blanket 20 mph limits and will have no extra resources to enforce them. Likewise the two Worthing MPs are also not in favour of these proposals.
“We would urge everyone who cares about road safety and the future of local bus services to vote NO to the proposed 20 mph limit across Worthing. The cost of £350,000 could alternatively be spent in restoring withdrawn Sunday and evening bus services which would have far more tangible benefits for the town”
Mr Chatfield directs readers to the ‘20’s Pointless’ website: http://20spointless.org.uk/
The ‘20’s Plenty website is here: http://www.20splentyforworthing.org.uk/