20 mph has been introduced across urban areas such as Portsmouth and Hull. People in rural areas have, however, been feeling increasingly left out and want the benefits of lower speed limits for their communities too. Following local pressure, Wiltshire County Council started pilots for light touch 20 mph speed limits across villages including Westwood, Limpley Stoke, Great Cheverell, Biddestone and Great Bedwyn. Local parish councillors hope that there will be benefits for children going to school, people riding horses or using wheelchairs.
Because the lower speed limits have been introduced using experimental traffic orders, they can only stay in place for up to eighteen months. After this there will be a need to decide whether to make them permanent. Regular traffic monitoring before and after the scheme has helped to judge its success and this is being backed up by a village survey.
More information: Wiltshire County Council