30 kmh zone in 'Roman Milan'

Another slow traffic area set

Milan has added another 30 kmh traffic zone, this time in the area between Corso Magenta and Via Torino known as “Roman Milan” for its well preserved monumental remains.

Along with the new speed limit, several one-way streets have been inverted to ease the traffic flow: Via S. Pio V, Via Necchi, Via S. Valeria, Via Nirone, Via Vigna and part of Via Cappuccio. The object, according to city hall, is to make the delights of the historical area better available to residents and tourists alike, after the recent restoration work.

This area, location of the Archaeological Museum, is the eighth in the city to be limited to 30 kmh, and more such pedestrian-friendly zones are planned for the coming months. The next, due this year, will be Via Muratori, Via Dergano and Via Figino. Work has also started in Via Paruta, Via Padova, Via Solari, Via Tortona and Viale Romagna.

The city administration was encouraged to apply the new limits by a report published by the European Parliament, showing that slowing city traffic from the usual 50 to 30 kmh will bring a 40 per cent reduction in accidents.