Coun­cil to re­view 20mph limit be­fore rolling it out to new ar­eas

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

BIRM­ING­HAM trans­port bosses are to re­view ac­ci­dent data be­fore rolling out 20mph zones across the city’s sub­urbs.

The coun­cil last year in­tro­duced the 20mph schemes in the city cen­tre, Lady­wood, Hodge Hill, Spark­brook, Mose­ley and Kings Heath.

The next dis­tricts ear­marked for the re­duced 20mph speed lim­its this au­tumn are parts of Edg­bas­ton, Har­borne and Selly Oak.

It means that much of the area within the outer ring road will be cov­ered by 20mph speed lim­its.

The mea­sures are de­signed to im­prove road safety and make streets more at­trac­tive to pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists, ease con­ges­tion and re­duce pol­lu­tion.

“Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil has adopted a ‘safer is slower’ pol­icy,” said a coun­cil spokesman.

“The pol­icy is in favour of adopt­ing 20mph speed lim­its in all res­i­den­tial roads and lo­cal shop­ping cen­tres across the city, which equates to 90 per cent of the city’s roads by length.

“In Oc­to­ber 2016, three 20mph pi­lot schemes were launched in the city cen­tre (Lady­wood), cen­tral east Birm­ing­ham (Hodge Hill, Spark­brook), and cen­tral south Birm­ing­ham (Mose­ley and Kings Heath, Spark­brook) and we will be rolling out a fourth pi­lot scheme – in cen­tral south west Birm­ing­ham (Edg­bas­ton, Har­borne and Selly Oak) – later this year.

“We will be re­view­ing the data from the first 12 months of cur­rent schemes be­fore fur­ther de­vel­op­ing the pro­gramme for roll out to other ar­eas.”

In 2012, Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil voted al­most unan­i­mously to in­tro­duce city-wide 20 mph speed lim­its.

Last week, it was an­nounced that a team of re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Ed­in­burgh are to look at the im­pact of tak­ing speed lim­its down from 30mph to 20mph in Ed­in­burgh and Belfast.

Campaigners are call­ing for 20mph zones to be in­tro­duced as stan­dard in towns and cities to tackle air pol­lu­tion.

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