Welsh council scraps 20mph speed limit after community backlash

The Welsh Government will be the first in the world to lower residential street speed limits from 30 to 20mph to encourage people to walk and cycle more.

But a petition against the plans has already garnered more than 38,000 signatures and opposition politicians have blasted the “ridiculous” £32million plans.

Adie Drury, a Buckley resident, started the petition after her hometown was used as a pilot area for the program.

She said: “It’s causing chaos, people are avoiding the area and people have to take new routes.

“Many of these roads are not suitable for a speed limit of 20 km/h. They are busy access roads on steep hills.

“Trucks struggle going up hills in such a low gear and maintaining such a low speed downhill is hard on the brakes.

“This does not help to reduce emissions, instead there will be more pollution from more cars struggling in a lower gear for longer.

Activists for the rule change say someone is seven times more likely to survive a collision traveling at 20mph than at 30mph.

Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, said: “We know that 20-mile zones reduce traffic speeds and reduce accidents – particularly accidents involving children. We want this to become the standard position across Wales.”

The Welsh Government says the move will save £58million over 30 years due to reduced demand for emergency services and hospital treatment. Welsh council scraps 20mph speed limit after community backlash

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