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Council updates Town and Community Council Forum on new 20mph speed limit plans

Bridgend County Borough Council have updated the Town and Community Council Forum about the new 20mph speed limits which are likely to be introduced across Bridgend County Borough.

In 2021, Welsh Government identified changing the default speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in built-up areas as one of its key priorities to reduce traffic related injuries and fatalities, as well as making walking and cycling a safer and more attractive option to the public.

It is proposed that a much wider take up of 20mph limits will achieve significant road safety benefits across local communities.

Also, lower speed limits will lead to less traffic noise and will benefit many individuals from both a physical and mental health perspective.

As part of the new legislation, a 20mph Task Force was created to work closely with local authorities to identify those roads which would be an exception to the new limits.

The council has provided local knowledge and traffic management expertise to help identify those roads which should be an exception to the legislation to help ensure limits throughout the borough are abided to and are appropriate to the context of different areas.

The new speed limit is set to begin in September 2023.

This Welsh Government proposal has the potential to offer many benefits to the local community as it is proven that 20mph zones help to reduce the number of serious accidents, whilst making alternative ways of travelling more attractive.

The plans will also make a positive contribution to the environment and will help the area meet net zero carbon targets.

Councillor John Spanswick, Cabinet Member for Communities

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