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Glasgow city centre plans widespread 20mph speed limit

23 January 2020
 

Drivers will be subjected to a 20mph speed limit on the vast majority of roads across Glasgow, under new plans agreed by councillors, reports the BBC. The restriction would apply to residential streets, the city centre and other main shopping areas. It will also be enforced where there are high levels of walking or cycling in a bid to improve safety, reduce noise and cut congestion.

All other streets in the city would generally retain a 30mph limit. The move was agreed by Glasgow City Council and will now be subject to the statutory traffic regulation process. If approved, it could be implemented over four years.

Councillor Anna Richardson, city convener for sustainability and carbon reduction, said the speed limit would improve road safety, told the BBC: ’It's well known that lower speeds reduce the risk of accidents but also reduce the severity of any injuries suffered by those involved. Safer roads will make walking and cycling a much more attractive option for getting around the city.

‘Many cities across the country are introducing a widespread 20mph limit and the evidence that's being gathered shows that the impact on journey times for cars and buses has been minimal.’

 
 
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