Council agrees 20mph speed limit for majority of Glasgow

The limit will be introduced to residential streets, the city centre and where there are high levels of walking or cycling.

20mph: Speed limit agreed for majority of roads in Glasgow.
20mph: Speed limit agreed for majority of roads in Glasgow.

A 20mph speed limit has been agreed for the majority of roads in Glasgow.

Glasgow City Council will aim to introduce the limit on all residential streets, the city centre and other main shopping areas or where there are high levels of walking or cycling.

Under the policy, all other streets would generally remain at 30mph, although final arrangements would be subject to careful assessment.

Councillor Anna Richardson, city convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, said a widespread 20mph limit would improve road safety and promote active travel.

She said: “First and foremost a city wide 20mph speed limit is about improving road safety. It’s well known that lower speeds reduce the risk of accidents but also reduce the severity of any injuries suffered by those involved.

“Our own initial research on the impact of 20mph zones already in place Glasgow is indicating a 31% reduction in incidents, which is hugely positive.

“Safer roads will make walking and cycling a much more attractive option for getting around the city. Building a greater reliance on more sustainable forms of transport is vital if we are to achieve our target of Glasgow becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

“Many cities across the country are introducing a widespread 20mph limit and the evidence that’s being gathered shows that the impact on journey times for cars and buses has been minimal.”

More than 1400 km of the city’s 1900 km of roads are considered to be in residential areas.

With 288km of city streets already subject to a 20mph limit, it is intended for a wider lowering of vehicle speeds to, not only, improve road safety but also reduce noise and congestion.

Recent national guidance indicates a 20mph limit could be widely introduced without the need for expensive traffic calming measures.

A wider 20mph limit was also recommended by the Climate Emergency Working Group as part of Glasgow’s effort to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

It was estimated that introducing a widespread 20mph limit with traditional traffic calming measures, such as speed bumps and raised tables, would cost around £25m.

However, a recent relaxation of the rules on traffic calming means that a 20mph limit could be supported with the use of appropriate signage and road markings, which is estimated would cost around £4.35m.

Physical traffic calming measures may still be needed where traffic speed or incidents create specific concerns.

Proposals for a city wide 20mph limit will be subject to the statutory Traffic Regulation Order process, but, if approved, could implemented over the course of a four year programme.

The decision by the City Administration Committee followed a recommendation by the Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction Policy Committee to introduce a 20mph policy,

Implementation will be subject to funds becoming available.

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