20mph speed limits go live in Edinburgh and rural west

Phase 1 of Edinburgh 20mph speed limits live from today 

The first phase of a planned roll-out of lower speeds across the Capital has gone live, with the legal limit in much of the city centre and rural west area having been permanently lowered to 20mph as of today (Sunday, 31 July).
According to the City of Edinburgh Council, the new speed limits have been designed to increase safety for all road users in Edinburgh, as well as creating a calmer, more people-friendly environment in shopping and residential streets.
It says a network of key arterial roads across the city will be retained at 30mph and 40mph, resulting in a modest impact on journey times overall.
The Council says the phased 20mph rollout between now and early 2018 brings to fruition many years of planning and public consultation and the network has been designed in line with robust criteria in partnership with key stakeholders such as Police Scotland and Lothian Buses.
Police Scotland will enforce the new limit, focusing on areas where particularly high levels of contraventions are recorded. Anyone caught breaching the limit risks a £100 fixed penalty and three penalty points on their licence.
The Council says it has long recognised that a majority of city residents want to see speed limits reduced in the city centre, around residential areas and in busy shopping streets.
It says today’s Phase 1 ‘go live’ marks the start of sharing these benefits right across the Capital.
For more information and a detailed map of the 20mph network, click here or visit the Facebook page.
Timetable for implementation
Zone
Area
Speed limit applies from
One
City Centre and Rural West (South Queensferry, Kirkliston, Ratho, Currie and Balerno)
31 July 2016
Two
North
28 February 2017
Three
South Central/East
28 February 2017
Four
North West
31 July 2017
Five
West
31 July 2017
Six
South
31 January 2018
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