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List of East Lothian options to tackle speeding

Local authorities wishing to crack down on speeding are offered a price list of interventions from which to choose.

East Lothian Council Cabinet this week agreed to make permanent 20mph zones introduced during the pandemic in town centers as it approved its new speed limit policy for the county.

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And he included a shopping list of additional options open to communities, encouraging them to apply for funding from partnerships in their area.

The list ranges from low cost options such as introducing buffer zones where speeds are reduced as vehicles approach a village to more expensive measures such as widening long stretches of footpaths or the installation of traffic islands “refuge for pedestrians”.

The revised speed limit policy follows a survey of residents last year which the council said saw six in ten say they thought the lower speed limits had made it safer for people on the road. children, with more than half wanting to keep them in some if not all places.

However, 73% of residents also said drivers ignored speed limits.

In earlier discussions at the cabinet meeting this morning, Councilor Lachlan Bruce questioned whether the 20mph limits could be enforced, adding that the Police Scotland website says ‘it does not enforce systematically the 20 mph limits”.

However, council infrastructure director Tom Reid said officers worked with police to develop the new policy.

He said: “Over the last financial year they (Police Scotland) have imposed 20mph limits in East Lothian and East Lothian had one of the highest if not the highest speed managements high.”

The new speed hierarchy in East Lothian towns would see 40mph on roads on the outskirts with just a few buildings bordering them, with 30mph roads described as streets where vehicles have higher priority than ‘function of place”.

However, 20mph zones will be introduced on residential streets or those with heavy foot or cycle traffic such as town centers or around schools.

And it introduces the designation of popular walking areas as quiet roads where signs will encourage drivers to be more careful by alerting them to the possibility of pedestrians, cyclists or equestrians on the road.

Road Services Director Alan Stubbs said the policy includes a list of options available to local communities who want more action as well as a cost assessment to make them aware of their cost.

He said: “If a community feels they need a speed limit sign or other alternative that we’ve outlined in the report, they can apply to their regional partnership for it.”

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Regional partnerships in East Lothian receive funds directly from the council to distribute to local projects each year.

Following the decision to unanimously approve the new policy, Councilor John McMillan encouraged communities to speak out on their streets about what they want.

Mr McMillan, spokesman for economic development and transport, said: “The new speed limit policy has largely been shaped by the views of our local communities.

“People who live and/or work in our cities and towns are best placed to advise on appropriate speed limits within their communities that reflect the need for safe travel options.

“The policy provides clear guidance for future requests for speed limit reviews and also introduces the concept of ‘quiet roads’ to the county.

“Quiet Roads are increasingly being implemented on rural roads across Scotland where traffic volumes and speed limits may already be low and aim to encourage people to walk, cycle and on horseback.

The council will consider proposals to introduce quiet roads as part of an active travel network that encourages people to consider walking or cycling for daily commuting. »