20mph speed limit plan for residential roads in Leeds

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COUNCIL chiefs in Leeds want to create 20mph speed limits in the majority of residential streets across Leeds by 2020 in a programme set to cost a total of £6m.

The council has identified 120 areas across Leeds where it wants to create 20mph zones on minor residential roads over the next six years.

Areas identified for road safety schemes include Alwoodley, Adel and Wharfedale, Calverley and Farsley, Roundhay, Morley, Rothwell, and Garforth.

A total of 93 20mph zones on roads around schools have already been completed or are currently in progress across Leeds.

And ambitious City Connect plans for a new £21m cycling superhighway between Seacroft in Leeds and the Bradford boundary could see speed limits cut to 20mph on another 70km of residential streets close to the route.

The 20mph zones were discussed at a Leeds City Council scrutiny committee meeting yesterday.

At the sustainable economy and culture scrutiny meeting, members recommended that 20mph speed limits should be established at all new housing developments in Leeds.

Coun Paul Wadsworth, (Conservative/Guiseley and Rawdon), said: “I’m supportive of 20mph limits. What I’m getting complaints about is that people aren’t reducing down to 20mph. When I ask police they say its self enforcing, Clearly its not self enforcing, highways need to put more traffic calming measures in.”

Andrew Hall, head of transport planning a Leeds City Council, said: “Overall we don’t ge too many complaints about 20mph zones. There are limits as to how far you can go with he traffic calming due to budgets.”

A spokesman for Road safety charity Brake, said: “Lowering traffic speeds, and lowering limits to 20mph specifically, is known to reduce casualties.”

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