20 mph limit 'is making city safer'

March 03 2018

A REVIEW of 20mph speed limits in Bristol is set to be carried out to look at how well the scheme is working.

A REVIEW of 20mph speed limits in Bristol is set to be carried out to look at how well the scheme is working.

The review, which takes place this spring, will involve consulting with residents and councillors to see what is and isn't working and if there is anything that can be done better.  

A new report, carried out by the University of the West of England (UWE) for Bristol City Council to assess the impact of 20mph so far, has recently been released and will be used in the review process.

UWE’s Bristol Twenty Miles Per Hour Limit Evaluation (BRITE) study found that, on average, speeds on more than 100 surveyed roads have reduced since the 20mph speed limits were implemented, with average speeds of between 19mph and 26mph on 20mph roads shown in the report. On 30mph streets, average speeds on the roads surveyed were below 30mph in every area.

The lower speeds were also found during night and summer times, when there is typically less traffic to slow motorists.

Cllr Mhairi Threlfall, Bristol City Council’s cabinet member for Transport and Connectivity, said: "It is still early days in terms of assessing the impact of 20mph, but the results from this report are a positive indication that lower speeds are making it safer to get around in Bristol.

"What we need to establish is where 20mph appears to be working and where it may not be as effective, and the statistics from this report give us a good indication of that.

"However, it is important that we have a clear idea of how 20mph is affecting individual areas and I look forward to working closely with local councillors and residents as we undertake a review in the spring."

The review is expected to take place over an eight-week consultation period. Any resulting changes that are agreed will take several months to implement.

No decisions have yet been made on which roads will be included within the review. 

The 20mph speed limits were introduced in 2014 and 2015, following a pilot scheme in 2010 and full council approval for a city-wide roll out in 2012.

Meanwhile, South Gloucestershire Council is continuing with its policy of rolling out 20mph limits outside all schools in the district.