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Renewed call for a 20mph speed limit in Wales


Newport East Assembly Member, John Griffiths, has reopened the discussion about introducing 20mph speed limit zones in Wales.

As part of the discussion, John Griffiths hosted a roundtable event at the Senedd to bring together key stakeholders, including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Public Health Wales, to progress the call to make 20mph the default speed limit in residential areas.

A 2017 YouGov survey showed that 62 percent of people in Wales were in favour of introducing 20mph speed limits as standard. 

In response to the proposal, Dr Shabeena Webster of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said:

‘We’re delighted to see renewed debate about the introduction of 20mph zones in Wales as part of a range of initiatives to create safe places for children to walk, cycle and play.’

Play Wales said: 

‘Children report that the speed and volume of traffic is the biggest barrier to their freedom to play out and gather with friends. 

‘Such is the impact of the car on children’s play, that innovative and creative community-based road solutions need to be encouraged and supported to raise awareness and encourage positive solutions to local problems. 

‘The adoption of a national 20mph speed limit might have the most wide-reaching and positive effect. It is a significant public health and social justice intervention that will support more children to realise their right to play within their own neighbourhoods.’

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