Birmingham City Council has written to the Government asking for its support of a 20mph default speed limit for residential streets and local centres in in the city.

The council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, Councillor Waseem Zaffar MBE, wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP.

The limit would cover an estimated 90% of the city’s streets, with main roads and distributor roads exempt and signed separately.

A similar policy was used by the council in 2014 and several pilot schemes have been carried out since 2016.

It is predicted that the signage for the scheme could take up to six years to complete, costing around £10-12 million to deliver. The council says further complexities have also occurred to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the letter, Councillor Zaffar said:

This is time and resource that we could instead dedicate to bringing forward various other measures to ensure safer space for walking and cycling that is so urgently needed at the current time.

Councillor Zaffar

Councillor Zaffar and the council have called on local MPs, community groups, Business Improvement Districts and local organisations for their backing to support the suggested changes.