20mph zones to come into effect across Edinburgh

Launch of the 20mph zones in Edinburgh city centre. 20mph mascot The Reducer.

Launch of the 20mph zones in Edinburgh city centre. 20mph mascot The Reducer.

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The first phase of the 20mph speed limit zones are to roll out across Edinburgh this weekend.

Phase 1 of the 20mph speed limit on all residential, shopping and city centre streets in the Capital goes live on Sunday 31 July.

Launch of the 20mph zones in Edinburgh city centre. The 20mph mascot The Reducer with  community officer Sacha Ponniah at Johnston Terrace

Launch of the 20mph zones in Edinburgh city centre. The 20mph mascot The Reducer with community officer Sacha Ponniah at Johnston Terrace

Councillors approved a new speed limit network for Edinburgh at the Transport and Environment Committee in 2015, following public consultation with local communities, businesses and other stakeholders.

The changes will mean that the Capital will be Scotland’s first 20mph city and one of the first in the UK to introduce slower speeds.

The project extends 20mph speed limits to approximately 80% of Edinburgh’s streets.

A network of key arterial roads across the city will be retained at 30mph and 40mph.