Midlothian 20mph zones given go ahead

Tuesday May 9th 2023


Bonnyrigg Road is one of 850 roads in Midlothian where the speed limit could be reduced to 20mph.

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

Councillors have backed plans to introduce 20mph speed limits across nine out of ten streets currently under a 30mph restriction.

A revised review of roads across the county which had identified 850 where the new restriction could be brought in was approved during a meeting of Midlothian Council today.

It will mean just 70 streets across the county retain their current 30mph limit and it will see some rural communities undergo substantial traffic calming measures to ensure vehicles can no longer speed through them.

During the meeting councillors were told ward maps produced to show the impact had been revised following input from elected members and appear to show even more streets in blue – indicating they will have the new 20mph restriction on them.

Council officers said the cost of revising the streets signage and lines was estimated at £275,000.

Councillors unanimously approved the work to implement proposed 20mph and 30mph speed limits across Midlothian with council officers given the go ahead to begin the statutory process to introduce the new speed limits and traffic calming measures.

Under the process there will be a public consultation period and any objections will have to be addressed with substantial ones expected to be brought back to the council’s cabinet members for a decision.

Council leader Kelly Parry told the meeting: “It is really good to see this motoring on.”

And Councillor Willie McEwen welcomed the move saying: “I get numerous complaints from constituents about speeding and people going too fast in areas where there are schools or heavily built up areas.”

You can read the report to be presented to council HERE and you can read the external consultants ‘Midlothian 20mph Speed Limit Review’ containing maps of proposed speed limits HERE.

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