MORE 20MPH ZONES FOR CARDIFF

South Wales Echo - - Front Page - ANNA LEWIS Re­porter [email protected]­line.co.uk

HUGE ar­eas of Cardiff are set to be­come 20mph zones un­der new coun­cil pro­pos­als.

Dozens of streets in Adams­down, Splott and Plas­newydd are the lat­est to be se­lected as part of the scheme which is be­ing rolled out across the city.

Re­duced speed zones have al­ready been put in place in River­side, Can­ton, Grange­town and Ga­balfa as part of the coun­cil’s ac­tions to im­prove the safety of Cardiff’s roads.

But now main roads in­clud­ing City Road, Al­bany Road and Splott Road could also be in­cluded.

Last year Cardiff coun­cil said it cost around £180,000 to in­tro­duce 20mph zones in River­side and Can­ton.

The au­thor­ity has pre­vi­ously said the cost of new 20mph zones could be funded through money gen­er­ated through bus lane fines.

Anna Sem­lyen, na­tional cam­paign man­ager from the 20’s Plenty for Us pres­sure group, has pre­vi­ously said there would only be ben­e­fits from 20mph zones be­ing in­tro­duced.

“It’s un­be­liev­able how many ben­e­fits there are, and we are not just talk­ing ca­su­al­ties,” she said.

“If you re­duce the risk – be­cause peo­ple are go­ing less fast – then peo­ple will start to feel they are more able to talk to neigh­bours or to let their chil­dren play.”

Ms Sem­lyen also said ve­hi­cles would be more fuel-ef­fi­cient, while there would also be a re­sult­ing fall in pol­lu­tion.

And she said: “If you im­prove the streets where peo­ple live they will walk more and they will cy­cle more.

“Even small in­creases in walk­ing and cy­cling can have mas­sive ben­e­fits for the health of a na­tion.

“The only dif­fer­ence is a mar­ginal in­crease in the num­ber of sec­onds it takes in cross-city jour­neys.”

Can­ton coun­cil­lor Ramesh Pa­tel, chair of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee, said re­duc­ing speed lim­its across the city would im­prove pub­lic safety, im­prove the live-abil­ity of streets, re­duce the “at­trac­tive­ness of us­ing res­i­den­tial streets as short cuts” and en­cour­age walk­ing and cy­cling.

“We have de­vised a scheme af­ter learn­ing from other coun­cils in the UK,” he said.

“The scheme will be de­liv­ered in­cre­men­tally from the city cen­tre out, en­sur­ing that the new schemes im­ple­mented are im­me­di­ately ad­ja­cent to ar­eas that al­ready have the 20mph lim­its in place.

“This will pro­vide con­ti­nu­ity for drivers as well as cy­clists and walk­ers us­ing these ar­eas.

“We in­tend to en­sure pri­mary routes in these wards will re­main at 30mph, with speeds in res­i­den­tial ar­eas re­duc­ing to 20mph.

“The coun­cil has li­aised with the South Wales Po­lice on the scheme to en­sure they are fully briefed as we move for­wards. The de­tail of each scheme will be con­sulted with lo­cal coun­cil­lors and res­i­dents in these wards be­fore we im­ple­ment the scheme in each area.”

Res­i­dents and busi­ness-owners in the af­fected ar­eas have un­til mid­night on De­cem­ber 28 to write to the coun­cil with any ob­jec­tions.

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MATTHEW HOR­WOOD

Dozens more streets have been se­lected as part of the 20mph scheme which is be­ing rolled out across the city

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