MS Welcomes Plans to Make 20mph the Default Speed Limit

Plans for a default 20mph speed limit on Welsh roads have moved a step closer as eight pilot areas to trial the change have been confirmed.

The pilot areas will have a phased start from this summer until the end of the year. They come ahead of the planned national rollout for April 2023, and will help develop enforcement arrangements and overcome unforeseen issues before the full rollout.

The areas chosen are intended to be representative sample of different locations found across Wales, including villages, towns and cities. They will focus on community engagement, meaning that as well as developing enforcement arrangements they will communicate the value of the new speed limit, making the case for reduced speed leading to more cohesive and safe communities.

Vaughan Gething MS said:
“I am pleased that plans to make 20mph the default speed in all residential areas from 2023 has taken a step forward. I have long supported the call for 20mph in built up areas across the constituency and have worked with residents and the 20 is Plenty group to campaign for this. A 20mph default speed limit would make a real difference in making our streets safer. It could also get more people walking and cycling and support the ongoing work to promote sustainable communities”.

Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, said:

Making 20mph the default speed limit in residential areas is a bold step that will save lives.

“We have made progress on reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads over the 21 years of devolution, but despite our considerable efforts the highest proportion of all casualties – 50% – occurred on 30mph roads during 2018. This cannot be tolerated, so a reduction to 20mph on our residential and other busy pedestrian urban roads has to be the way forward.

“Decreasing speeds reduces accidents and saves lives, and alongside this the quality of life will improve, making room on our streets for safer active travel. This helps reduce our environmental impact and has a positive outcome for our physical and mental wellbeing.”