Councils will be given greater freedom to introduce 20mph schemes under new government proposals to improve road safety.
Local officials will also have more scope to cut speeds on rural roads with a history of accidents and introduce variable speed limits outside schools.
- Councils will be encouraged to expand 20mph zones and limits in urban and residential areas where it can be shown they benefit safety and quality of life
- There are around 2,000 schemes in England with research suggesting that introducing a 20mph zone can cut collisions by 60%
- It could also see speed limits on many rural roads in England cut from 60mph to 40mph
- Roads affected could include those with a number of junctions, bends or barriers
There will be no changes to the national limits of 30mph on street lit roads, 60mph on single carriageway roads and 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways.