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Final phase of Edinburgh's 20mph speed limit rolled out

The change went live in an area covering the south of the city on Monday morning.

By STV News

Published 05 Mar 2018.

The final phase of Edinburgh's new 20mph speed limit has been rolled out.

The new limit went live on Monday morning in an area in the south of the city covering Colinton, Liberton and Gilmerton.

The city council said the change, which began in July 2016, has made Edinburgh Scotland's first 20mph city.

Certain trunk roads will remain at their 30mph and 40mph limits.

The final phase of the scheme means 80% of the roads in the city are at 20mph, compared to 50% before.

The council's transport convener Lesley Macinnes told STV News: "It makes us the first 20mph city in Scotland, and I hope we'll be setting the tone for the rest of the country.

"What we're seeing are streets that are much more accommodating for everybody that wants to use them.

"People are finding that with the slower traffic it's much more pleasant to walk, to cycle, just to be on the streets.

"So people are enjoying the city much more."

However, the council's Conservative group have voiced concerns about the new speed limit.

Tory councillor Nick Cook said: "As it reaches full implementation we remain concerned the council's blanket approach to 20mph will actually dilute road safety in areas that actually need a lower speed limit, like outside schools.

"The council spent £2.5m on signage and posters for the scheme, we think the money could be better spent on physical road safety measures and road safety education."