Dunbar North 20mph speed limit consultation

Closed 22 Sep 2019

Opened 5 Aug 2019

Feedback Updated 9 Jan 2020

We Asked

Whether to make a permanent 20mph speed limit covering Dunbar streets north of the railway line, following a trial in 2018-19.

Our aim was to reduce the dominance of motorised traffic, resulting in streets feeling safer for cycling and walking while still allowing the free movement of vehicles. Most streets south of the railway are already covered by a permanent 20mph speed limit.

You Said

Around 1500 responses were received, roughly half of which were online and half were responses to the paper consultation which was delivered to every household.

  • 66% of respondents are in favour of retaining the 20mph speed limit, with 28% against and 6% not recording an opinion
  • 56% of those in favour of the speed limit, preferred retaining the 30mph limit on the arterial route (Queens Road/High Street/Belhaven Road)

An additional question was asked about whether the new speed limit should also apply to Kellie Road, but as only 45% of responses were in favour of this.

We Did

Your comments have been summarised in a report which will be submitted to Cabinet on 21st January. This includes additional data from speed surveys which show significant reductions in speed, particularly on Belhaven Road and Summerfield Road.

The recommendation of the report is that 20mph limits will be made permanent on all the streets north of the railway in Dunbar, with the exception of the arterial route (Queens Road/High Street/Belhaven Road) which will retain a speed limit of 30mph. The recommendation is that Kellie Road remains at 30mph. There will be a further opportunity to comment as this progresses through the statutory Traffic Regulation Order process.

Overview

Following requests from community groups, and after a trial period in 2015, East Lothian Council introduced permanent 20pmh speed limits on residential streets in Dunbar between the A1 and the railway line (except Kellie Road and Spott Road).

A further 20mph speed limit trial was introduced last year, covering Dunbar streets north of the railway line.

Our aim was to reduce the dominance of motorised traffic, resulting in streets which feel safer for cycling and walking while still allowing the free movement of vehicles.

Why We Are Consulting

We are now assessing the impact of the current trial to determine whether permanent changes should be made in the north of the town to match the south. In addition to vehicle speed surveys, we hope you will complete this survey so that the views of residents, employees and visitors can be taken into account.

What Happens Next

We will balance the results of speed surveys, with public perceptions as collected in this and the accompanying postal survey, and with the views of the police and other professionals, in order to come to a view on whether to bring forward a permanent 20mph speed limit in 2020.

 

Areas

  • Dunbar and East Linton

Audiences

  • Local Residents

Interests

  • Traffic & transport