East Lothian Council

Cabinet supports bid for 20mph speed trial in Dunbar

Published Tuesday 14th February 17

Dunbar speed limit

Proposals for package of road safety measures across county also backed.

The introduction of an experimental 20mph speed limit in much of Dunbar took a step forward today when councillors backed proposals for a package of road safety measures.

East Lothian Council’s Cabinet agreed to progress a plan to monitor the effectiveness of a reduced speed limit in the town over an 18-month period.

The Cabinet also supported moves, following successful trials, to make 20mph limits in parts of North Berwick, Tranent and Cockenzie permanent.

The Council will now begin the statutory procedures necessary to put reduced speed limits in place. This involves consultation with stakeholders including Police Scotland, while residents and members of the public will have an opportunity to air their views at a subsequent stage of the statutory process.

The move follows campaigns from local groups for reduced speed limits in the interests of safety.

Michael Veitch, East Lothian Council’s Transport Spokesman, said:

“Reducing the speed of vehicles can help save lives and make streets safer for other road users and the public alike. That’s why the Council supports the introduction of 20 mph speed limits where appropriate and supported by the public. Today’s Cabinet decision kick starts a process towards introducing an experimental 20mph speed limit in much of Dunbar.

“This follows work between the Council and local groups, including the community council and Sustaining Dunbar, on a range of other measures to promote sustainable and safe methods of travel in the town.

“I’m also pleased that, following successful trials, we can now move ahead with the process to make permanent 20mph speed limits at Lochbridge Road in North Berwick, the Muirpark area of Tranent, and at Whin Park in Cockenzie.”

Herbert Coutts, a member of Dunbar Community Council, who led a survey of public opinion on the matter, said:

“The Community Council carried out an extensive survey to attempt to measure the views of the public about the introduction of a 20mph trial north of the railway line. We received a very supportive response and it is my hope that the trail will be successful and that, with an existing 20mph limit being in place south of the railway, Dunbar will become the first 20mph town in East Lothian. Our view is that reducing traffic speed in urban areas to 20mph is a worthwhile safety measure, particularly for pedestrians including children and the elderly.”

Welcoming news permanent 20mph speed limits were to be put in place in areas of North Berwick, Tranent and Cockenzie, Isobel Robertson of 20’s Plenty for East Lothian said:

“Three Tenants and Resident groups have now completed 18 month trials to have 20mph limits in their areas.

“The groups - Cockenzie West Tenants and Residents Group; Law Residents, North Berwick; Muirpark & Steading View Tenants and Residents Association (Tranent) - all collected residents’ signatures to prove that 20mph limits were wanted and needed in their areas.

“20mph is a road safety tool which helps save lives, helps reduce the severity of an accident and makes for healthier, happier communities by reducing noise, fear (walking and cycling) and air pollution.

“The groups look forward to their areas being made permanent and for the 20mph speed limits to eventually be introduced throughout their towns via their respective Community Councils.”

Elsewhere in the county, the Council is seeking to extend the length of a number of existing 30mph and 40mph speed limits along roads in various towns and villages. And following last month’s introduction of new parking enforcement, the Council is proposing to consolidate a number of Traffic regulation Orders including amendments to some waiting, loading, and unloading restrictions at various locations including in Haddington, North Berwick, Tranent and Musselburgh.

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