20mph plans move forward in Chester and Edinburgh
Chester and Cheshire West Council has approved plans to roll out mandatory 20mph limits for most residential roads throughout the borough.
Discussed at a cabinet meeting on 6 January, the approval means that the council can implement 20mph limits on residential roads where mean speeds are currently less than 24mph and around schools where the mean speed is currently less than 30mph.
Last September, road safety charity Brake issued a call for the removal of “unnecessary barriers” faced by local councils in implementing 20mph speed limits.
The Chester and Cheshire West Council meeting also commissioned a report detailing which areas would benefit the most from the revised speed limit while also approving a change to consultation requirements in a bid to streamline the process for introduction of 20mph limits.
Rod King MBE, founder of 20’s plenty, who attended the meeting, said: “The decision waived the previous red tape and administrative overhead which had historically been imposed on communities and now the council is taking direct responsibility for the setting of 20mph limits.
“This decision adds Chester and Cheshire West to the growing number of traffic authorities with distributed communities that are seeing wide-area 20mph limits as a cost-effective and important measure to increase liveability, access, active travel and air quality in communities.”
On 7 January it was also announced that the first stage of a plan to introduce 20mph speed limits across roads in Edinburgh will begin in July.
The £2.2m project covers much of the city centre, from Queen Street to the Meadows and when completed, will eventually cover 80% of the Scottish capital's roads.