Faversham 20mph zone - Experimental Order

Update 11 February 2022

Following the Swale Joint Transportation Board on 6 December 2021 the decision has been taken to make the Faversham town-wide 20mph limit permanent.

The public notice period to make the experimental order permanent runs from 11 February to midday on 28 March 2022.

The full public notice is available to view on our website.

Healthier Safer Cleaner Faversham with 20 in a heart

An experimental Traffic Regulation Order was made to introduce a Faversham town-wide 20mph speed limit.

The Order was made to encourage walking and cycling and for the following legal reasons:

  • avoid the danger to persons or other traffic using the road or any other road or for preventing the likelihood of any such danger arising.
  • for preserving or improving the amenities of the area through which the road runs.

The Order came into effect on the 18 September 2020, when the works to implement the speed limit were completed. The trial can run for up to 18 months (until March 2022).

The consultation closed on 3 March 2021. Responses have been analysed and the Consultation Report is now available.

Update 11 February 2022

Following the Swale Joint Transportation Board on 6 December 2021 the decision has been taken to make the Faversham town-wide 20mph limit permanent.

The public notice period to make the experimental order permanent runs from 11 February to midday on 28 March 2022.

The full public notice is available to view on our website.

Healthier Safer Cleaner Faversham with 20 in a heart

An experimental Traffic Regulation Order was made to introduce a Faversham town-wide 20mph speed limit.

The Order was made to encourage walking and cycling and for the following legal reasons:

  • avoid the danger to persons or other traffic using the road or any other road or for preventing the likelihood of any such danger arising.
  • for preserving or improving the amenities of the area through which the road runs.

The Order came into effect on the 18 September 2020, when the works to implement the speed limit were completed. The trial can run for up to 18 months (until March 2022).

The consultation closed on 3 March 2021. Responses have been analysed and the Consultation Report is now available.

  • 29 November 2021

    Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation. Responses have been analysed and the Consultation Report is now available.

    In addition to consultation responses, data from the following activities will help inform our decision:

    • attitudinal surveys - carried out face-to-face with a representative sample before and towards the end of the trial
    • average speed surveys in certain locations
    • crash statistics although this needs to be over a longer period than the 18-month trial period – normally 3 years
    • engagement with district council partners and statutory consultees, including emergency services
    • findings from Faversham Town Council’s engagement platform
    • Equality Impact Assessment
    • pedestrian and cycle counts - carried out before, during and towards the end of the trial
    • use of existing air quality stations - any changes in air quality will have to be understood over a longer period.

    An independent evaluation of the 20mph trials in Faversham and Tonbridge has been produced presenting the findings from the quantitative and qualitative data sources and is available to view from the Reports section. A summary for Faversham is also available. These findings, along with the consultation report, will be discussed, and a recommendation made at the Swale Joint Transportation Board on 6 December 2021.

    The trial remains in operation until a decision is made on the future of the scheme.