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20mph Speed Limits: slower is safer

20mph Slower is Safer

The speed limit on some residential roads and in some local centres is changing to 20mph.


In parts of central, south and east Birmingham, the speed limit on residential roads and in local centres will be changing to 20mph. This includes all or part of the Wards of Aston, Bordesley Green, Brandwood, Hodge Hill, Ladywood, Moseley and Kings Heath, Nechells, South Yardley, Sparkbrook, Springfield, and Washwood Heath.

The scheme is signs and lines only – no new traffic calming (e.g. speed bumps) will be introduced as part of this scheme.


Road signs and markings are currently being installed and are expected to be complete by the end of April 2016. The speed limit will come into effect once works are complete and have been approved. At the same time we will be working with local communities and a publicity campaign will help to raise awareness of the changes.


Slower is Safer. Lowering the speed limit will help make the streets safer for all road users. Those hit by a car travelling at 20mph are far more likely to walk away with bruises and minor injuries than those hit at 30mph.

Slower speeds on roads will help to make walking or cycling more attractive options. 20mph is part of a broader package of measures aimed to give people, but especially children, more confidence to walk and cycle.

How does this affect me?

If you drive a vehicle in the areas affected you will see new road signs and road markings – you should not drive faster than 20mph where the signs indicate that a 20mph speed limit is in place.

20mph limits will mainly be on residential streets, and in selected locations on main roads. Most main roads will keep their existing 30mph or 40mph speed limits, so once drivers leave residential areas and join the main road network there should be no impact on journey times. The vast majority of the city’s traffic travels on the roads that will stay at 30mph or 40mph. The parts of any journeys affected would only be the relatively short sections of journey that would be on 20mph roads in order to reach the main network.

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If you want to read more about 20mph speed limits you can do so on the mythbusters page.