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Give your view on roads proposed to stay at 30mph

A public consultation has started today (Monday 15 May) on Cardiff roads that could remain at 30mph when the new 20mph default speed limit for residential areas comes into force in September.

Cardiff residents can see an online map showing the roads which are proposed as exceptions to the national 20mph legislation. They are generally main arterial routes into the city.

You can send your views on Cardiff Council’s proposed 30mph exemptions by emailing roadtrafficorderobjections@cardiff.gov.uk before June 7.  

The consultation is not about the change to a 20mph national default limit, as the law has already been passed by the Senedd.

That decision to make 20mph the ‘default national position in residential areas’ in Wales was made in July 2022 by the Senedd, and the law comes into force on September 17 2023. 

Councillor Dan De’Ath, council cabinet member for strategic planning and transport said: “The change … focusses primarily on residential areas, making these streets safer for residents and a better environment for people to walk or cycle.

“All of the proposed exemptions are on main arterial routes into the city, to ensure that the traffic can flow into and out of the city as efficiently as possible. Consultation has already taken place with local councillors, so we now want the public to give their views on the streets that will remain at 30mph.”

The Welsh Government’s deputy minister for climate change, with responsibility for transport, Lee Waters said: “The evidence from around the world is very clear – reducing speed limits reduces collisions and saves lives. Slower speeds also help create a safer and more welcoming community, giving people the confidence to walk and cycle more, improving their health and wellbeing whilst protecting the environment.”

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