Published On: Fri, Sep 14th, 2018

Councils ‘spending £11 MILLION’ on 20mph zones across UK – and deaths go UP


Councils have ‘wasted’ around £11 million of taxpayers money on 20mph speed limit zones, which have actually seen accidents increase, it has been claimed. 

The theory behind these zones is that the lower speed will mean that motorists are less likely to have an accident.

Similarly, if there was a crash involving a pedestrian, they have a greater chance of surviving at a low speed.

However, new figures from 20 local authorities across the country, obtained by The Sun, has revealed that around £11 million was spent on them over a five year period.

Data also reveals that the rate of road deaths and accidents actually increased in most of these areas.

The AA has branded the implementation of these zones a ‘waste of money.’

AA president Edmund King said yesterday “Spending over £10m to put in blanket twenty speed signs on over 1,500 miles of road without targeting is frankly a waste of money.

“If drivers understand the reason for the speed limit they are more likely to obey it.

“Rather than spending millions on signs that are ignored, it would be safer to improve dangerous junctions and put in pedestrian crossings.”

In Bath and North East Somerset the council spent over £800,000 introducing these slower zones between 2012 and 2017.

However, a report in 2016 seems to prove the move was unsuccessful.

It states that the number of people killed or involved in a serious accident increased in seven of the 13 implemented zones.

Manchester councils also spent £1.7 million on these zones in 2012 but data shows crash rates have increased and motorists are actually driving any slower.

Crash rate in the Paulton areas of Bath increased by 3.5 per cent and in Newbridge and Weston crashes rose by 2.5 per cent.

A county council group in Hampshire conceded that these zones have no impact in terms of accident or injury.



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Councils ‘spending £11 MILLION’ on 20mph zones across UK – and deaths go UP