Plans of the Welsh government to introduce speed limits on all residential roads is a “huge boost for road safety in Wales.”
This is the view of the national road safety and sustainable transport charity, Brake, who were reacting after Mark Drakeford, Welsh First Minister, announced that a speed limit of 20mph could be introduced.
In response to a question from Conservative AM David Melding during First Minister’s questions, Mr Drakeford confirmed his belief that this should be the “default speed limit” in all residential areas.
He said: “The Welsh government believe that 20mph should be the default speed limit for residential areas.”
It comes around the same time that the Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport for Wales confirmed grant funding of £10.8 million to improve road safety in the country.
The funding will allow areas in Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea to implement speed restrictions.
Brake has been a huge advocate for driving limits of 20mph for quite some time – something the charity believes should be the default in urban areas where traffic moves in close proximity to those walking and cycling.
Speed limits in these urban areas has an additional impact of encouraging people not to travel by vehicle, reducing congestion and pollution, therefore creating healthier towns and cities.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “The Welsh government’s decision to make 20mph the default speed in residential areas is a huge boost for road safety in Wales.
“Slower speeds save lives and also make our streets more liveable environments, encouraging people to walk and cycle safely and confidently in their local area.
“20mph limits where people work, live and play are widely accepted as the safest option, with stopping distances at 20mph half those at 30mph.
“We applaud the Welsh government’s announcement and urge the Department for Transport to follow their lead.”