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 many years of research and public consultation showing a high level of public support.
The final phase of the 20mph network came into effect on 5 March 2018. Findings from the evaluation of the 20mph rollout were reported to the Transport and Environment Committee in October 2019 and August 2022.
We have recently carried out a consultation on proposals to extend 20mph speed limits in Edinburgh and on introducing lower speed limits on our rural roads . The rural roads are mostly west of the city between Balerno and Queensferry. The consultation closed on 8 February 2023. Findings will be reported back to the Transport and Enviroment Committee later this year.
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