Huge ar­eas of Welsh cap­i­tal set to be­come 20mph zones

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HUGE ar­eas of Cardiff are set to be­come 20mph zones un­der 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 via 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,” she said.

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

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

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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