(adapted from a recent email from Edinburgh Council. While this final phase does not cover Leith Central’s area, the following is provided to inform Leith Central residents, visitors and workers who may drive to, from and in South Edinburgh)
The fourth and final phase of Edinburgh’s 20mph rollout came into effect in South Edinburgh on Monday 5 March 2018.
The 20mph rollout extends the 20mph speed limit to the city centre, main shopping streets and residential areas while retaining a network of roads at 30mph and 40mph on key arterial routes.
While many cities elsewhere in the UK, Europe and beyond have already established 20mph (or 30km) limits, Edinburgh is the first Scottish city to roll out the limit in this way, with many other areas also introducing or considering this lower speed.
In addition to improving road safety, the 20mph scheme aims to make streets calmer, quieter and more pleasant places to spend time in, boosting a sense of community and helping the environment by encouraging active travel such as walking and cycling.
Police Scotland is supportive of improved road safety and will continue to enforce and monitor 20mph limits. The new speed limit will also rely on a change in driver behaviour and we will be working to achieve this with the Police through road safety education, awareness raising and prevention activities.
Eileen Hewitt | Professional Officer | 20mph Programme | Active Travel and Road Safety | Place | City of Edinburgh Council | G:4 Waverley Court | 4 East Market Street | Edinburgh | EH8 8BG | 0131 469 3502 firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com | www.edinburgh.gov.uk/20mph