East Lothian's temporary 20mph speed limit could be here to stay

TEMPORARY speed restrictions introduced as part of East Lothian Council’s Spaces for People project could be made permanent when they run out.

Twenty's Plenty could remain in force across much of East Lothian
Twenty's Plenty could remain in force across much of East Lothian

In total, 23 towns and villages have been included in the 20mph regulations introduced for six months in response to Covid-19 and as part of a move to make it easier for people to travel.

Several country roads which would normally be covered by the national speed limit have also had a 40mph restriction imposed.

Both restrictions were introduced to encourage people to cycle or walk instead of using public transport, as well as reducing traffic and improving air quality.

Councillor Norman Hamsphire, cabinet environment spokesperson, said that at the end of the six months some of the restrictions could be adopted permanently.

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He said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly changed the way in which people are moving in and around our local towns and villages.

“The introduction of these lower speed limits on a temporary basis is to support and encourage more active travel and improve road safety for more vulnerable road users.

“Whilst these new limits will be in operation initially for a six-month period, we will continue to engage with local communities and if there is a desire to make any permanent then this will be considered and a full consultation process carried out.”

Communities now with 20mph restrictions imposed are: Aberlady; Athelstaneford; Cockenzie & Port Seton; Dirleton; Dunbar North; East Linton; East Saltoun: Elphinstone; Gifford; Gullane; Haddington; Longniddry; Macmerry; Musselburgh; North Berwick; Old Craighall; Ormiston; Pencaitland; Prestonpans; Tranent; Wallyford; Whitecraig; Whitekirk.

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Marie Sharp , Local Democracy Reporting Service

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