About 20mph for Edinburgh

Driving at 20mph saves lives, thank you, Slow Down Life is better at 20

Edinburgh joins the growing number of European and UK cities introducing lower speed limits.  Slower speeds bring many benefits to places and people. They help to reduce the risk and severity of collisions, encourage people to walk and cycle and spend more time in an area. The reduced speed makes it easier to cross roads, particularly for children and older people.

Councillors approved a new speed limit network for Edinburgh at the Transport and Environment Committee on 13 January 2015, after three years of research and public consultation showing a high level of public support.

Key features of the network are

  • residential roads, shopping streets and the city centre included as 20mph 
  • the retention of a coherent and connected network of 30 mph and 40 mph.

View the 20mph map

Next steps

The first phase of the 20mph network covering the city centre and rural west came into effect on 31 July 2016.  The second phase covers Zone 2 (North) and Zone 3 (South Central/East). Signs and lines advertising the new 20mph limits in these zones will be installed over the next few months, ahead of the slower speed limit coming into force from 28 February 2017. The final phase is scheduled to be completed by 31 January 2018.

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