Cornwall 20mph speed limit to be rolled out to more areas

-Credit: (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)
-Credit: (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

The rollout of 20mph speed limits in Cornwall is set to be introduced in more areas in the coming weeks. The scheme has been deemed a success by Cornwall Council in Falmouth, Penryn and Camelford where it has been in place since 2022.

Earlier this month, plans to reduce speed limits from 30mph to 20mph on residential roads and in built up roads across Cornwall were approved. The council says it is aiming to reduce deaths and serious injuries on the road by 50 per cent by 2030.

The programme, which will cost an estimated £4million, was a key manifesto pledge for the Conservatives at the 2021 council elections. In 2022, Phase 1 was implemented in Camelford, Falmouth and Penryn. In Camelford, speeds in areas where the trial was introduced reduced by 5.7mph on average, according to the council. In Falmouth and Penryn, they reportedly dropped by an average of 6.9mph.

Cornwall Council also says the scheme has been mostly supported. In March and April 2022, they say that they received 76 per cent positive feedback in Falmouth and Penryn and 86 per cent positive feedback in Camelford.

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Speed limits are now going to be dropped to 20mph in other areas. The programme is being rolled out across Truro and the Roseland, Camborne Pool, Illogan and Redruth.

There will be updated signage and road markings in areas where pedestrians mix with traffic. Throughout June and July, the changes will also come into effect in West Penwith.

While blanket 20mph speed limits have been controversial in Wales, Cornwall Council says they are taking a different approach. In Wales, the default speed limit was reduced to 20mph on restricted roads that had been 30mph but in Cornwall, roads are being assessed on a "case by case basis".

The new speed limits will be enforced by Devon & Cornwall Police who say they "fully support" the new rules. Enforcement will be carried out in places where speed limits are regularly broken.