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New legislation could see some speed limits cut to 20mph

 
Created on 09/05/2019 @ 12:17
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Speed limits along residential roads in Newtown could soon be reduced to 20mph.

One of the area's Assembly Members has welcomed and backed new legislation that allows all residential speed limits to be dropped to 20mph in Wales. It followed the transfer of powers from the UK Parliament last year.

Roads in Newtown and surrounding communities that are deemed residential would automatically be reduced to the speed limit from the current 30mph in most cases.

Eluned Morgan, AM for Mid and West Wales, has welcomed comments from the First Minister, that speed limits of 20mph.
 
During the weekly First Ministers questions, First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “The Welsh Government believe that 20 mph should be the default speed limit for residential areas.

"The Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, together with the Welsh Local Government Association, is taking forward work to identify the practical actions needed to implement 20 mph speed limits in residential areas across Wales”
 
Eluned Morgan said: “Road safety is an issue that regularly features in my inbox.  Research shows that speed is a contributory factor in many road accidents, contributing to almost a quarter of fatal accidents in 2016.

"Twenty miles an hour zones will make a real difference in our communities, reducing air pollution and making roads in our communities safer for everyone.”

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