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Consultation: reducing speed limit on residential streets


The Welsh Government is seeking views about the proposal to reduce the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph on residential roads and busy pedestrian streets in Wales. The Welsh Government wants to reduce the speed limit to help to save lives, protect communities and improve quality of life for everyone.

According to the Welsh Government, reducing the speed limit could:

  • Reduce the number and severity of road collisions
  • Increase opportunities to walk and cycle in communities
  • Help improve health and well-being for all
  • Make streets safer and help safeguard the environment for future generations.

The Welsh Government is inviting people to have their say on the change in a survey. Respondents can complete the survey online or by downloading the survey from the website and returning by email or by post.

Closing date for responding to the consultation: 1 October 2021

In addition to the consultation, the Welsh Government is trialling the speed limit change in eight communities across Wales, which are:

  • Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
  • Severnside, Monmouthshire
  • Central North Cardiff
  • Buckley, Flintshire
  • Cilfrew Village, Neath and Port Talbot
  • St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire
  • St Brides Major, Vale of Glamorgan
  • Llanelli North, Carmarthenshire.

The feedback gathered from the trial and the consultation will help the Welsh Government to develop a best practice approach. If the legislation passes, the speed limit will change in 2023.

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