Llanelli welcomes new default 20mph speed limit

08.10 | 18 August 2021 |

A new 20mph speed limit is being introduced in a large area of Llanelli, as part of the Welsh Government’s move to lower its national default speed limit.

Llanelli North has been chosen as one of eight communities in Wales to trial a reduced national speed limit of 20mph (down from 30mph) in residential areas and busy pedestrian streets.

Carmarthenshire County Council says evidence shows that lower speeds result in fewer collisions and reduces the severity of injuries.

It adds that lower speed limits also encourage people to be more active within the neighbourhood, leading to healthier lifestyles, creating a better environment and quality of life.

New 20mph signs are being put up throughout the area to inform drivers of the reduced speed limit from 20 August.

Residents and businesses in the Llanelli North area will receive a newsletter providing more information, while the council’s road safety team will be working closely with schools in the area to promote walking and cycling.

Cllr Hazel Evans, executive board member for the environment, said: “Slower speeds benefit the community in a number of ways, not only does it reduce the number of collisions and casualties on our roads, but it has a positive impact on our overall wellbeing and the local environment.

“It makes our roads safer, encouraging alternative, greener forms of transport like walking and cycling, and with fewer vehicles on the road, it will have a positive impact on the environment.

“Streets will be quieter, our neighbourhoods will be more pleasant, with people more likely to stop and chat and use local shops and facilities, all together creating stronger and happier communities to live in.”

If the Welsh Government goes ahead with the proposal to reduce the default speed limit to 20mph, Wales will become the first region in the UK to bring in the change.

It is being rolled out in eight communities across Wales to gather data and develop a best practice approach before the proposed full rollout in 2023. 

Julie James, Welsh Government minister for climate change, said: “Slower speed limits save lives, the evidence is clear. 

“By making 20mph the default speed limit on busy pedestrian streets and in residential areas across Wales we can make our streets a safer and more welcoming place for cyclists and pedestrians, and help create a positive impact on our environment.

“Llanelli is the latest of eight communities that will be trialling the new reduced speed limit ahead of a full rollout in 2023.”


 

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