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Home / Latest News / Debate opens on introducing 20mph speed limits to parts of Cardiff

Debate opens on introducing 20mph speed limits to parts of Cardiff

A debate on proposals to cut speed limits in inner Cardiff to 20mph has now started.

Cardiff Council has set out proposals to pilot a 20mph zone in a large area of Cathays and Roath.

The council has already secured £200,000 from the Welsh Government for the pilot and said the aim is for it to improve road safety and reduce the number of collisions.

If given the go-ahead, such a scheme would follow in the footsteps of other cities including Bristol, Brighton and Portsmouth.

The council’s cabinet member for strategic planning and transport, councillor Graham Hinchey, said: “Should the scheme go ahead, it is hoped the lower speed limit will result in improved road safety and reduce the number of collisions on Cardiff roads.

“Introducing 20mph speed limits will also make it easier for people to walk and cycle in the city and create a more sociable environment for people to live and work.”

Drop-in sessions are being held this week for residents to express their views and to find out more information.

The map showing the area of Cardiff that could have a 20mph speed limit
The map showing the area of Cardiff that could have a 20mph speed limit

 

These will be outside Lidl at the Maindy Road junction of Cathays Terrace today between 1pm and 6pm and outside Rainbow Bargains at the Wellfield Road junction of Albany Road on Wednesday between 9am and 2pm.

If the proposals are supported by residents, the 20mph zones are likely to come into effect next Spring.

Safety measures are also being carried out in the Gabalfa part of the city.

Work starts today on altering the city’s notorious Gabalfa Interchange to make the road layout safer for motorists with the work completed in four phases – mostly taking place at night.

This will include widening the road to help larger vehicles pass easily by creating a dedicated left-turn lane at the north-east and north-west corners.

Changes will also be made to the traffic priority next to the bus stops from North Road onto the roundabout.

At the end of these three pilot stages, permanent lines and signs, along with 30mph speed limits and advisory 20mph speed limits, could then go ahead.

Coun Hinchey said the works at Gabalfa are very much needed after a number of accidents, including a fatality, have happened at the roundabout.

To take part in the 20mph consultation, see www.keepingcardiffmoving.co.uk. The closing date for the survey is August 12.

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