Scotland: MSP defends plans for new 20mph speed limit
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Speed limits will be cut to 20mph in residential areas across the country including parts of Llanelli, Abergavenny and Northwest Cardiff. The changes will come into effect from the Summer before the new speeds are introduced nationally from April 2023.
However, lower speed limits are not just a Welsh issue with many UK regions also adopting the scheme.
One in three towns in the UK will implement default 20mph zones in a bid to reduce accidents and casualties.
A speed limit of 20mph has also been imposed on all Central London roads managed by Transport for London (TfL) in a bid to reduce road deaths.
With many areas now adopting slower speeds, Express.co.uk wants to know if readers agree with the proposals.
Should speed limits be reduced to 20mph? Or is 30mph slow enough in many areas of the UK?
A 2019 report from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) said a 20mph zone was associated with a 41.9 percent reduction in casualties.
Outcomes for roads nearby also improved with a further eight percent reduction in casualties.
The Welsh Government said initial findings from a national attitude survey has found widespread support for the proposals.
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A total of 92 percent who wanted a change to the speed limit on their street suggested 20mph or lower.
77 percent of those surveyed said they wanted to see this speed limit introduced across the area where they live.
Speaking on the plans, Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport said decreasing road speeds would “reduce accidents and save lives”.
He added the updates would have a “positive outcome” for locals physical and mental wellbeing and would make the streets safer.
Mr Waters said: “Making 20mph the default speed limit in residential areas is a bold step that will save lives.
“We have made progress on reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads over the 21 years of devolution, but despite our considerable efforts the highest proportion of all casualties – 50 percent – occurred on 30mph roads during 2018.
“This cannot be tolerated, so a reduction to 20mph on our residential and other busy pedestrian urban roads has to be the way forward.
“Decreasing speeds reduces accidents and saves lives, and alongside this the quality of life will improve, making room on our streets for safer active travel.
“This helps reduce our environmental impact and has a positive outcome for our physical and mental wellbeing.”
A report from Atkins and AECOM and commissioned from the Department for Transport also found there would be supper for the schemes to be launched across the UK.
A massive 78 percent of residents felt 20mph would be an appropriate speed for the area.
Howeverm the survey found there was little support for the limit to be changed back to 30mph with just 12 percent of residents wanting to see the old rules reinstated.
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