We did it! On 12 July, Members of the Senedd made history by voting in favour of landmark reductions in speed limits.

Wales will now become the first nation in the world to adopt a 20mph default speed limit on residential streets.


Children on a 20mph road

Living Streets is so proud to have played its part.

We were part of the original task force to advise the Welsh government on proposals. We supported school communities in the current trials. And we provided evidence to decision-makers and worked with Senedd members to support the change to 20mph.

It's a victory that is also thanks in no small part to the support Living Streets and our allies have received from thousands of campaigners, pedestrians and road users across Wales. This win belongs to you!

The new legislation, which will come into effect in 2023, means that many roads which currently operate as 30mph areas will reduce the speed limit to 20mph.

Living Streets Chief Executive, Stephen Edwards says: "I’m thrilled that Welsh politicians have voted in favour of this life-changing legislation. Introducing 20mph as the default speed on our streets will improve the places where we live, work and go to school – and it will also save lives. When the speed limit is reduced from 30mph to 20mph there is typically an average decline in casualties of at least 20%."

Read our full response here.



Want to know more?

Welsh Government has produced an information leaflet which explains the new 20mph speed limits which will come into effect in September 2023. 

Download the leaflet (English)

Lawrlwythwch y daflen (Cymraeg)

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