Scottish Borders 20mph trial given go ahead

10.37 | 2 September 2020 | | 2 comments

Trials of 20mph speed limits are set to begin in 80 towns and villages across the Scottish Borders later this year. 

Led by the Scottish Borders Council, the 18-month trial is part of efforts to improve road safety and encourage people to walk and cycle.

It is being funded by a £1.2m grant from the Scottish Government’s Spaces for People programme.

The 20mph limits will be rolled out across the region between October and December.

Evaluation will take place after 12 months, with suggestions on which schemes to retain or remove. The remaining six months of the trial will be used to implement any permanent changes.

A number of trial 40mph areas, road closures and one-way systems are also being implemented

Cllr Gordon Edgar, executive member for roads and infrastructure, Scottish Borders Council, said: “Since we announced the Spaces for People programme in the Scottish Borders, there has been considerable discussion about the various projects in particular the 20mph pilot in our towns and villages.

“It is worth reiterating that this is a trial but has the potential to help our communities’ lead healthier lifestyles.

“Advanced notification will be provided to the public ahead of the new 20mph limit being introduced in their communities.”



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    Not wanting to be injuired or killed by a moving vehicle that was unable to stop in time is, I’d say, wanting to lead a ‘healthy lifestyle’.

    Hugh Jones, Cheshire
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    “It is worth reiterating that this is a trial but has the potential to help our communities’ lead healthier lifestyles.

    But what if the communities don’t want to lead healthier lifestyles.

    Recent government statistics have shown no overall increase in either walking or cycling in 2019 over 2018, I think 2020 statistics will be the same when they are published

    Robert Bolt, St Albans
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