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WATCH: Roll-out of 20mph speed limit scheme continues with 75 per cent of works completed


By Federica Stefani

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The roll-out of 20mph speed limit zones across the Highlands continues.
The roll-out of 20mph speed limit zones across the Highlands continues.

More than 75 per cent of the on-the-ground works to deliver a range of Highland-wide 20mph speed limit zones are complete, according to Highland Council.

The installation of the 20mph programme is successfully progressing, according to the local authority, with the remainder of the settlement installation work ongoing.

The Temporary Road Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) for the new 20mph speed limits on council roads went live on July 31, with Muir of Ord-based company ANSCO Signs kept busy producing the new speed limit sign.

Road signs in the making.
Road signs in the making.

The council has created a short video showcasing the production process.

The council's economy and infrastructure committee chairman Ken Gowans said: “Our road safety team have been working very hard to get this ambitious project to this stage of roll-out.

“The consultation work, which is part of the statutory process to consider any adjustments that may be beneficial, as part of this pilot, prior to making any of these new limits permanent, will now begin with engagement with communities to seek their feedback and opinions in local contexts.

“This, along with our review of how the speed limits themselves are performing, will allow decisions to be made regarding the performance of the 20mph limits and whether these will be maintained going forward, whether further work is required to support the new limits or in certain areas speeds will revert back to 30mph. Speed count data at over 250 sites around the council area will be gathered in the autumn as part of this ongoing work.”

Speed limits on trunk roads are being delivered in collaboration with Transport Scotland.

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Legal orders to bring 20mph speed limits into effect on trunk roads at locations agreed with Highland Council, along with the associated signing, will be completed as soon as possible.

For more information about the programme and the locations of all the 20mph schemes in Highland communities, visit www.highland.gov.uk/20mph.


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