Latest step in plan to introduce 20mph limits

Details of the Speed Limit Order which will support the implementation of 20mph limits on roads across Edinburgh are being made public today (Friday).

Information on the streets the Council plans to change from 30mph to 20mph will be advertised in the press, on the Council’s Traffic Orders web page and through notices on each affected street.

The public will also be made aware of how they can comment on the Speed Limit Order. However, unlike the previous public consultation, at this stage comments are invited on specific issues which it is felt should modify or stop the Order from being made.

Details will be publicised from 29th May until 26 June 2015. Following this a report will be made to the Transport and Environment Committee in January 2016 including any feedback. 

Transport Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “This is the latest step in the process to implement 20mph speed limits in Edinburgh, which has following a successful pilot in the city’s Southside and a great deal of public consultation.

“Should the Speed Limit Order be approved, we will be well on our way to implementing the limits, which will provide so many benefits to the community.”

In March Councillors agreed an implementation plan for the phased roll-out of 20mph limits next year, which addressed project delivery, awareness-raising, enforcement and monitoring of the proposed changes.

This followed councillors’ approval of a map of 20mph, 30mph and 40mph limits for the city in January, which features a 20mph speed limit on residential and shopping streets with a network of 30mph and 40mph maintained for key arterial routes.

As plans to introduce 20mph speed limits continue to move forward, the public have been encouraged to challenge some of the myths surrounding the changes.

Read the facts about the myths surrounding the introduction of 20mph speed limits, which include the suggestion that there will be a ‘blanket’ roll-out of the limit, that safety won’t be improved by the changes and slower speeds can’t be enforced.

Read full details on plans for 20mph limits.

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