Glasgow City Council says implementing a citywide 20mph speed limit will help it “secure safer streets and contribute to the wider shift we need towards more sustainable forms of transport”.
On 31 January, Glasgow Council set out plans to roll-out of 20mph speed limits across the majority of the city’s roads over the next 18 months as part of a £4.5m programme, part-funded by Sustrans.
With 288km of streets including Glasgow city centre already subject to a 20mph limit, the council says a wider lowering of vehicle speeds is expected to make our roads safer and encourage more walking, wheeling and cycling in quieter and less congested neighbourhoods.
The move also supports its Climate Plan by helping to decarbonise transport.
Cllr Angus Millar, convener for climate and transport, said: “Quite simply, slower is safer. A citywide speed limit of 20mph is about improving road safety by helping to reduce the risk of accidents and the severity of injuries sustained.
“Reducing the impact of traffic on communities will help us secure safer streets and contribute to the wider shift we need towards more sustainable forms of transport, which is vital if we are to achieve our target of Glasgow becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
“We know that many other cities have a default 20mph speed limit and the evidence that’s been gathered shows a minimal impact on the journey times for cars and buses.”
The delivery of this scheme is being supported by a grant of £2.495m from Places for Everyone, an active travel infrastructure fund backed by Transport Scotland and administered by Sustrans.
Emily Gait, grant manager at Sustrans, said: “Reducing speed limits in built-up areas makes everyday journeys safer for everyone.
“The implementation of a citywide 20mph mandatory speed limit in Glasgow is a big step forward on an issue that will save lives. This is especially beneficial for the most vulnerable people in society, including children and people with disabilities.
“The expansion of slower speeds from the city centre into quieter, less congested neighbourhoods will enable more people, regardless of age or ability, to walk, wheel and cycle.”
An assessment of all roads in the city will start in the coming weeks to determine which can be assigned the 20mph limit. The necessary legal, technical and logistical work required to implement the new speed limit will then commence in the Autumn.
Delivery of schemes on all sites is expected to be fully complete by June 2024, after being delivered in stages on a zonal basis. There will also be a period of post-installation evaluation to monitor effectiveness.