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20mph speed limit proposed on restricted roads across Wales

Welsh Government have proposed to introduce a 20mph speed limit on restricted roads across Wales.

Restricted roads include roads where street lights are placed no more than 200 yards apart. They are usually located in residential and built-up areas with high pedestrian activity.

Reducing the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in these areas could see a number of benefits, including:

  • Reducing road collisions
  • More opportunities to walk and cycle in our communities
  • Helping to improve our health and wellbeing
  • Making our streets safer; and
  • Safeguarding the environment for future generations

If passed, Wales will be the first country in the UK to introduce the change which will play an instrumental role in helping to save lives, protect our communities and improve quality of life for everyone.

The first phase of this change is being rolled out in eight communities across Wales this year in order to gather data and develop a best practice approach before the proposed full rollout in 2023. As part of this approach the Welsh Government has recently launched a consultation for people to have their say on the change before the necessary legislation is laid. The consultation runs for 12 weeks and will come to an end on 30 September.

Cllr Jamie Pritchard, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure commented, “Caerphilly Council is committed to making our streets safer, cleaner and healthier for all residents, which is why we are pleased that Welsh Government have shared their plans to introduce a 20mph limit on restricted roads across Wales.

“I would like to encourage all residents to have their say in this consultation and play their part in improving the road network throughout the borough.”