Council calls for national approach for 20mph speed limits
The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services and Transport, Cllr Geoff Cox, has written to Minister for Economy and Transport Ken Skates AM.
The letter sets out the Council’s view that 20mph speed limits cannot be realised unless Welsh Government takes the lead and sets an all-Wales approach.
Whilst traffic speed is recognised as being a major contributory factor to the severity of road traffic collisions, evidence to date on the success of 20mph limits, in respect to them having any significant impact on road traffic collisions or casualties, is limited.
Cllr Cox said, “I can see the potential benefits of 20mph speed limits for specific traffic speed related problems. I recognise that there are a number of local and national groups advocating the introduction of such limits on a significant scale across the Vale of Glamorgan, a number of whom I have personally met, however I am also aware that there are many residents in the Vale who are opposed to the concept.
"Changing the maximum speeds in many areas of the Vale from 30mph to 20mph, as is being suggested by some groups, represents a major decision for this Council and one which I feel requires input and guidance from our National Government; due to the lack of evidence available of their success to date, the juxtaposition of our residents, the cost of their introduction, which is estimated at £700k for this Council, and the fact that this is a Wales, or even, a UK wide issue.”
There are a number 20mph zones in the Vale of Glamorgan, the majority of which have been implemented as part of an initiative to create safer routes to schools.