20 mph Speed Limits for Edinburgh

Closed 17 Oct 2014

Opened 20 Jun 2014

Feedback updated 6 Nov 2017

We asked

We asked for views on the proposed draft 20mph network. In particular if there are any streets, or parts of streets, that should keep a 30mph limit and if there are any streets that should have a 20mph limit instead of a 30 mph limit.

You said

Public feedback has, in some cases, prompted a change from 20 to 30 mph and in other cases the opposite. Typically, a 20  to 30 mph change was promted by a concern that the nature of a road made it difficult to keep to 20 mph. In contrast, the smaller number of 30mph to 20 mph changes tended to relate to the impact of traffic at the higher speed on residential properties fronting directly onto the street concerned.

We did

Rresponses have been used to inform the revised 20 mph network which was approved on 13 January 2015.

Results updated 12 Feb 2015

Respondents expressed a wide variety of views with 60% indicating support or strong support for the proposals and 36% opposed or strongly opposed.

Many respondents expressed views on the potential impacts of 20 mph limits.  The topics that attracted the highest level of comment were enforcement, road safety, environmental impact, journey times, impact on business and tourism, congestion, speeding and traffic calming.  A more detailed review of the findings and the views expressed through the engagement process is included in the 20 mph  Consultation Report.



Following a successful pilot in South Edinburgh, the Council is proposing to extend 20 mph speed limits to all residential streets, main shopping areas, city centre streets and roads with high levels of pedestrian and cyclist activity. 

Further information about the consultation including a map of the proposals and a list of frequently asked questions is available at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/20mph

Why your views matter

Edinburgh’s streets are shared by many people and types of transport.  We want to make our streets safer and more pleasant for all, especially the most vulnerable in our communities. 

What happens next

The public consultation closed on 17 October and it is planned to report on the outcome of the consultation to the Transport and Environment Committee on 13 January 2015.


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