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