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We want propose to introduce a 20mph speed limit on restricted roads across Wales.

First published:
8 July 2021
Last updated:

Restricted roads include street lights placed no more than 200 yards apart. They are usually located in residential and built-up areas with high pedestrian activity.

Reducing the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in these areas could see a number of benefits, including:

  • reducing road collisions
  • more opportunities to walk and cycle in our communities
  • helping to improve our health and wellbeing
  • making our streets safer; and
  • safeguarding the environment for future generations.

We are running a 12 week public consultation to seek your views: Proposals to introduce the 20mph default speed limit on restricted roads in Wales

Please complete the online survey or download, print and post your response via the Freepost address. 

The deadline for taking part in the consultation is 1 October 2021.

Phase 1: 20mph speed limit programme

The first phase of introducing the 20mph default speed limit has started in 8 communities across Wales. The data gathered will be used to support and inform future decisions.  These communities are:

  • St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire
  • Llanelli North, Carmarthenshire
  • St Brides Major, Vale of Glamorgan
  • Central north, Cardiff
  • Cilfrew Village, Neath Port Talbot
  • Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
  • Severnside, Monmouthshire
  • Buckley, Flintshire

Listen to Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Walters MS talk about the 20mph pilots.


We will be hosting SPOTLIGHT Wales throughout July which will consist of a number of short webinars focusing on Wales’ key transport priorities. They will look at Transport for Wales’s sustainability objectives, the ‘Union connectivity review’ and a focus on Wales’ agenda. 

Green transport recovery webinar

There will be another webinar on 21 July: 9:30 to 11:00. It will look at how important it is to set 20mph limits as a national default speed on restricted roads.