New 20mph limit comes into force this weekend

Councillor Lesley Hinds launched the new limit this week with police. Picture: Scott Louden
Councillor Lesley Hinds launched the new limit this week with police. Picture: Scott Louden

South Queensferry will become a 20mph zone on Sunday when a traffic order formalising speed reduction comes into force.

City of Edinburgh Council is making the capital Scotland’s first 20mph zone following in the footsteps of other UK cities like Liverpool.

South Queensferry is part of the first zone covering the city centre and rural west, which also includes Kirkliston, Ratho, Currie and Balerno. The limit will hit other zones in the north, south central/east, north west, west and south on February 28 and July 31, 2017 and then January 31, 2018.

The council say the new speed limits are aimed at increasing safety for road users and creating a calmer, more people-friendly environment in shopping and residential streets, however, a network of key arterial roads across the city will be retained at 30mph and 40mph.

Launching phase 1 this week Transport Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds said: “The majority of Edinburgh residents support our 20mph scheme and we know that other local authorities in the rest of Scotland are closely monitoring our experience.”

Chief Inspector Mark Rennie of Police Scotland said: “We remain committed to casualty reduction on our roads and whenever we observe motorists disobeying the 20mph speed limit, or where the public tell us there is an ongoing problem, we will respond appropriately.”