Solihull speed limit policy set for review


Solihull Council is set to strengthen its policy on 20mph speed limits to make areas around schools, retail centres and other key locations feel safer for everyone.

Cabinet member for Environment & Highways, Councillor Ken Hawkins, has given the go-ahead for a borough-wide review following a detailed report by officers.

Welcoming the report’s recommendations, Cllr Hawkins said: “Our 20mph speed limits can bring a range of benefits to local communities, in line with our Council Plan, and these proposals will align to work to improve the environment and deliver a range of health and wellbeing benefits, while supporting economic growth in the borough.”

In addition to reviewing 20mph speed limits, a number of other speed limit changes around Solihull were also approved.

Lowering of speed limits is in response to requests from residents and community groups.

The proposals, which are backed by research and in line with Department for Transport guidelines, will now be subject to a period of consultation before any changes are implemented.

Councillor Hawkins said: “The Council has a successful record of providing a safe public highway and these changes will support our Road Traffic casualty reduction targets too.

“I would ask every motorist when driving in Solihull, to consider the safety of other road users and drive their motor vehicles in accordance with the signposted speed limit.”

The full report can be read here.