Minor changes have been made to Birmingham City Council’s plans to introduce 20mph limits on the vast majority of roads to the south and east of the city centre.
During a period of extensive public consultation, after the plans were approved in principle by the council’s Cabinet, there were requests for a number of roads to be included in the 20 is Plenty scheme, with others requesting the limits remain at a standard 30mph.
A final decision has now been made, with the following stretches of road being added to the approved scheme:
- Dads Lane, between its junction with Moor Green Lane and Avenue Road
- Avenue Road, between Dads Lane and its junction with Vicarage Road
- Vicarage Road, between the junction with Howard Road and its junction with Highbury Road
- Alcester Road between its junction with Howard Road and its junction with Mossfield Road
- Brook Lane from the junction with Addison Road to Wheeler’s Lane
- Drews Lane between its junction with Washwood Heath Road and Bromford Lane.
- Belchers Lane between its junction with Yardley Green Road and Alum Rock Road
- Green Lane between its junction with Coventry Road and Carlton Road + between its junction with First Avenue and Blake Lane, including Newland Road
- Grange Road between its junction with Coventry Road and Green Lane, including Hawkes Street, Baker Street, Bertram Road and Eversley Road
Variable (part-time) speed limits will also be introduced at a number locations near to schools on roads which otherwise will remain at 30mph. In these locations the recommended speed of 20mph will be indicated by the use of flashing lights at school times.
Cllr Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Transport and The Economy, said: “Ensuring that all users of the city’s highways network can travel as safely as possible is a continual aim of the council.
“The evidence from other towns and cities shows that lower speed limits have a positive effect, including on traffic flow, and our plans have been shaped in partnership with local communities so we get the best solution for everyone.
“These changes show we are ready and willing to listen when there are things that can be improved on our highways for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.”
It is expected the pilot will now go live in early 2016, with the findings helping to inform future road safety plans for the rest of the city.
Notes to editors
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