20 is plenty for Thame

On Tuesday 28th April the Councillors of Thame unanimously agreed to change the speed limits in Thame and Moreton to 20mph. What happens next ?


On Tuesday 28th April the Councillors of Thame unanimously agreed to change the speed limits in Thame and Moreton to 20mph.

It was agreed that the 20mph limits will apply to all roads of Thame but excluding the ring road and the roads of Moreton right from the main road.

The next step to make this happen is that the Town Hall now need to apply to Oxfordshire Council Council.

The OCC website states :

‘Measures supported will be from a simple change of speed signs to more complex solutions in areas that can range from a whole village or a single street. Speed cameras and road humps will not be used.

The introduction of 20mph restrictions in other areas has already cut speeds and accidents.’

For more information about the new OCC approach can be found at https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/roads-and-transport/traffic/requesting-20mph.

There are already a number of questions being raised via social media from residents and we are hoping to address these on this page over the course of the next week or so.  The answers are already documented elsewhere – on general points at https://www.20splenty.org/ and much work has already been done locally and we will provide information about that very soon.

We hope that all residents will get behind this as we really feel that Thame needs to move towards more cycling and walking for those that can and make travel more safe and a more comfortable experience for everyone.


Why 20 miles per hour ?

Setting 20mph limits fits with global goals for health, sustainability and the climate.

The United Nations is calling on legislators around the world with this message:

 ‘On our streets, worldwide, where we walk, play and live, we call for action on speed. Low speed, liveable streets are essential and urgent.’

We can’t wait for national legislation; we need 20mph in Thame sooner!

At first glance speeds seem to be about ROADS, but
actually they are about PEOPLE and the WORLD WE WANT TO LIVE IN.

Broad and lasting benefits accrue to people and planet from normalising speeds to 20mph/30kmh.

In 2021 Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet voted to endorse proposals to make it simpler, quicker and less cost prohibitive to lower speeds to 20mph on most urban areas and village streets in places where it is both suitable and supported by residents.   Read about this vote.

A 20mph limit in Thame will bring many benefits :

  • Reduction in casualties
  • Safer for all to walk and cycle – which in turn encourages walking and cycling
  • Better mental and physical health
  • Cleaner air
  • More time to give way to each other
  • Savings on fuel because of less braking
  • Less particulates in the air we breathe due to less braking

During the first lockdown, we had a glimpse of a different world where there were very few vehicles on roads: the air was cleaner, the birdsong was joyous and we could walk and cycle freely.

More information, including details about how towns, parishes and villages can register an interest in bringing in 20mph limits, are available on Oxfordshire County Council’s website.


What needs to happen in Thame?

  • The Thame Town Council will now apply to OCC.
  • This project page will be updated to try to answer residents questions as far as we have answers as soon as we can.

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