Drivers warned as more cities seek to introduce 20mph speed limit roads

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It was announced earlier this month that council officials in Surrey Hills are planning to cut the speed limits to deter cheap motorbikes and loud cars from speeding at night. The new 20mph speed restriction will be piloted in the Surrey Hills, covering roughly 80 square miles south of the A25 from Guildford to Dorking.

These roads currently operate using the national speed limit of 20mph.

Other councils across West Sussex are also considering taking part in the scheme.

Councillors said the speed limit changes were being introduced to deal with “joyriders in 4x4s” who drove down the road at night.

Surrey Council added that the default national 60mph speed limit is inappropriate for most minor rural roads.

Edinburgh City Council is the latest to announced potential plans to implement more speed reduction zones.

These 20mph zones were originally introduced in 2018 and following an evaluation, the council found that road casualties dropped by nearly a third.

The speed reduction zones cover around 80 percent of Edinburgh, with average speeds in the city dropping by around two miles per hour since 2016.

Councillor Scott Arthur, Transport and Environment Convener said: “The citywide network of 20mph speed limits was introduced to help create safer, more liveable streets. 

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“When the scheme was first introduced it was hugely controversial, but now it has been confirmed as the right decision.

“I hope the Transport and Environment Committee will agree to my plan to consult residents on the biggest and boldest expansion to Edinburgh’s 20mph network since the scheme was introduced,” he told Edinburgh Live.

The principles involved in the scheme are part of the Vision Zero strategy.

This aims to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.

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While the 20mph proposals have proved to be controversial to many, councillors believe it will have a dramatic impact on road safety.

A new 20mph speed limit road is also set to be introduced in a village near Bath.

In Camerton, a “virtual footway” is being created, as well as new give-way points and raised sections of pavement.

A virtual footway is like a cycle lane, where a section of the road is marked out for pedestrians.

The village has narrow roads, which are too small for a proper pavement to be built, with plans to lower the speed limit designed to help all road users.

The plans will slash the speed limit to 20mph and new signage and road markings will be installed.

Councillor Manda Rigby, the Cabinet Member for Transport at Bath and North East Somerset Council, said she was glad the scheme will improve safety.

She added: “We are thankful for the input of residents and Camerton Parish Council.

“Virtual footways allow us to make rural areas safer for residents where pavements aren’t possible.”

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