Council to consult public on 20mph limit expansion plans across Aberdeen

Over 1,200 roads in Aberdeen currently have 20mph speed limits
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A consultation on whether to introduce more 20mph speed limits across hundreds of streets in Aberdeen is to be held as the council looks to increase safety in built-up areas.

Currently, 1,203 roads in the Granite City already have the 20mph limit with an extra 1,474 streets proposed, which would be a total of 2,677.

The existing 1,725 roads with a 30mph limit would be reduced to 251, meaning the majority of the current 30mph roads would be 20mph.

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On Tuesday, Aberdeen City Council’s Net Zero, Environment and Transport Committee approved the move after a report to members said evidence shows that if you hit a pedestrian at 30mph, they are seven times more likely to die than at 20mph.

Data relating to road casualties by severity and speed limit, shows that in 2022, serious road casualties mostly happened on 30mph and 60mph roads.

Just over half (51.1%) of road traffic fatalities in cities and towns were pedestrians or cyclists and the majority (54.4%) of serious injuries were also pedestrians and cyclists, whereas just over a third (34.6%) suffered slight injuries.

Aberdeen City Council co-leader, Councillor Ian Yuill said: "Making Aberdeen’s roads safer is a key priority for the Council. I welcome the decision by the Committee to consult on introducing more 20mph speed limits.

"This will give residents the opportunity to comment on proposals for lowering the speed limit in their area."

The report to committee stated that the Scottish Government has developed a national strategy for 20mph zones and limits in Scotland, aiming to ensure all appropriate roads in built-up areas have a safer speed limit of 20mph by 2025.

Consequently, there will be 'a reduced perceptions of road danger, people will be encouraged to walk and cycle which will improve their health, and it will also promote bus travel, as well as creating more pleasant streets and neighbourhoods.'

The report also stated Traffic Regulations Orders will be required so consultation will be undertaken prior to any measures being installed. Any objections to these will be reported back to Committee.

Criteria prescribed by the Scottish Government for introducing the 20mph limit includes:

  • Roads within 100m walk of an educational setting (eg primary, secondary, further and higher education);

  • Roads where the number of residential and/or retail premises fronting it (on one or both sides) exceeds 20 over a continuous length of between 400 - 600m;

  • Roads within 100m walk of a community centre, church, place of worship, sports facility, any hospital, GP or health centre;

  • Roads where the composition of users implies a lower speed of 20mph will improve the conditions and facilities for vulnerable road users and other mode shift (reflecting on future plans such as active and sustainable travel, places for people, and considering existing and potential levels of vulnerable road users);

  • Where the road environment, surrounding environment, community and quality of life impact (eg severance, noise, or air quality) will be improved by implementing 20mph speed limits.

A full list of the roads which have been proposed to be 20mph can be viewed here.