Welsh Government plans to introduce 20mph limits on all residential roads

News from Brake
Wednesday 8 May, 2019
The Welsh Government could introduce 20mph limits on all residential roads, the First Minister, Mark Drakeford, has announced.
Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford announced that "The Welsh Government believe that 20mph should be the default speed limit for residential areas”, in a response to a question from Conservative AM David Melding during First Minister’s Questions, on Tuesday 7 May.
National road safety charity, Brake, has long called for 20mph speed limits to be the default in urban areas, where traffic moves in close proximity to people walking and cycling. Slower speeds in urban areas also encourages more people to travel on foot or by bike, helping reduce vehicle use and creating healthier, more welcoming, towns and cities.
Commenting, 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. We all want to be able to move around in safe and healthy ways and reducing vehicle speeds is a simple, but effective, way of achieving this.”
About Brake
Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.
We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.