(adapted from a post on Tower Wharf Residents’ Association website. It is presumed that the original text came from Edinburgh Council.)
From Sunday 31 July, the legal speed limit in streets across much of Edinburgh’s city centre and rural west area will go down to 20mph, the first phase in a planned rollout of lower speeds across the Capital.
The new speed limits are designed to increase safety for all road users in Edinburgh as well as creating a calmer, more people-friendly environment in shopping and residential streets. A network of key arterial roads across the city will be retained at 30mph and 40mph, resulting in a modest impact on journey times overall.
The phased 20mph rollout between now and early 2018 brings to fruition many years of planning and public consultation and the network has been designed in line with robust criteria in partnership with key stakeholders such as Police Scotland and Lothian Buses.
Police Scotland will enforce the new limit, focusing on areas where particularly high levels of contraventions are recorded. Anyone caught breaching the limit risks a £100 fixed penalty and three penalty points on their licence.
It has long been recognised that a majority of city residents want to see speed limits reduced in the city centre, around residential areas and in busy shopping streets.
Sunday’s Phase 1 ‘go live’ marks the start of sharing these benefits right across the Capital. Further information and a detailed map of the 20mph network is available at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/20mph or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/edin20mph.
Timetable for implementation
|Zone||Area||Speed limit applies from|
|One||City Centre and Rural West (South Queensferry, Kirkliston, Ratho, Currie and Balerno)||31 July 2016|
|Two||North||28 February 2017|
|Three||South Central/East||28 February 2017|
|Four||North West||31 July 2017|
|Five||West||31 July 2017|
|Six||South||31 January 2018|
Please Tweet, Facebook and distribute information about 20mph to people and organisations you work with. The more awareness there is locally, the more likely it is that people will slow down and make our streets safer.