20mph Speed Limit in Birmingham

eMag logo 100x75The City Council is giving serious consideration to imposing a 20mph speed limit on city by-roads.

The Council estimates the cost at around £7 million in total, but considers it will more than pay for itself in savings from a reduced number of road accidents, which it estimates cost the city around £5 million a year.

Their public consultation closes on Friday 29 November 2013.

Whatever your first reaction to this is, you can find out the reasoning behind it, the costs and timescale of introduction from the Councils website.

Also there you can branch to a questionnaire on the proposal, which as well as asking leading questions also gives you the opportunity to give your own thoughts on page 3 of 5 which asks:

“Do you have any other comments about 20mph speed limits? Please tell us below.”

You can also send your thoughts without using the questionnaire by emailing transportpolicy@birmingham.gov.uk.

To help others decide on the merits of this please enter a comment below.


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4 Responses to 20mph Speed Limit in Birmingham

  1. Geoff Caine says:

    Of relevance is the fact that, Bristol carried out a pilot 20mph scheme in 2012 and the city council decided it was a success and voted to roll out the limit across the city during 2013/15. It will cost £2.3million, funded by a share of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) allocated by the Government in 2012 and the Local Transport Plan Settlement.

  2. Margaret Lister says:

    It will be interesting to see how fast motorists will go in a 20mph area as I hardly ever see them doing 30 even . It’s usually 40-45.

  3. Alan Stedall says:

    I think a 20 mph speed limit is still far too high.
    Consider how even MORE road accidents we could avoid if were to revert to the 1865 Red Flag Act and reduced the speed limit to 4 mph in the country and 2 mph in towns, requiring a man with a red flag (or lantern) to walk 60 yards ahead of each vehicle to warn other road users of the approach of a “self-propelled machine”. There’s our unemployment problem solved at a stroke !
    On the other hand, we could pocket the £7m that is apparently “burning a hole in the council’s pocket to spend” and let ever-increasing road congestion in Birmingham bring traffic to a complete standstill – free of charge !

  4. Geoff Caine says:

    I think 20mph is a good idea in congested areas eg around schools at the start and end of their day.
    But this should be achieved by flashing 20mph signs. Just to have permanent signs at the start and end of the restriction will cause road users to ignore the speed limit in general until they realise that there is pedestrian congestion by which time it may be too late.
    I wonder how on earth such laws can be enforced when they cannot even be policed and hence enforced for the current general 30mph limit. (Witness Sheepcote Street sometimes!)

    There are several types of road user including:
    1. responsible citizens not in a hurry who appreciate the need for speed restriction
    2. people on business who are always late or want to return to base ASAP (usually with mobile in hand – another unenforceable law!)
    3. youthful drivers who want to go as fast as possible as a sign of prowess whatever the conditions.
    Will the 20mph signs change their habits, since there is little chance of real-time enforcement? I fear not.

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