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Wales lowers speed limit to 20mph in built-up areas





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The Welsh Parliament has approved legislation to lower the default national speed limit on residential roads and busy pedestrian streets from 30mph to 20mph across Wales.

Wales has become the first UK nation to do this, with the aim of saving lives, developing safer communities, improving quality of life and encouraging more people to make more sustainable and active travel choices.

The new slower speed limit is currently being trialled in eight communities across Wales. This will be rolled out nationally in September 2023.

Welcoming the legislation, Play Wales said:

‘Play Wales has long advocated that adoption of a default 20mph speed limit in residential and built-up areas might have the most wide-reaching and positive effect on supporting children to play out in their neighbourhood.

‘Children need and are entitled to quality places within their own neighbourhoods for play as part of their everyday life. Over the years the volume of fast traffic has significantly increased. Children and parents tell us that freedom to play outside is hindered when roads are dominated by car drivers and fast traffic.’ 

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