Posted: Thu 30th Mar 2023

Flintshire Council to consider removal of 20mph speed limit on ten roads around Buckley

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Mar 30th, 2023

A statutory consultation process will begin in the summer that could see the removal of 20mph speed limits imposed on some sections of roads in Buckley and the surrounding area.

In the lead up to the introduction of Welsh Government’s new legislation for 20mph speed limits, eight communities across Wales were selected for the first phase of the national programme.

Buckley, Mynydd Isa, New Brighton, Drury, Burntwood, Bryn y Baal and Alltami were among those areas where 20mph speed restrictions were introduced on 28 February 2022.

However, the ‘trial’ sparked a fierce backlash in Buckley, with residents claiming it has led to road rage incidents, as well as rising pollution and fuel costs. ‌

There have been widespread calls for main arterial roads through the town to be returned to 30mph after the blanket 20mph limit was imposed. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​ ​

Over the last 12 months, Flintshire County Council said it has been “gathering the views of local residents to help inform a review and understand concerns about specific roads.”

As a result of the feedback, the council has reassessed a number of roads in Buckley and its surrounding areas.

Flintshire Council said, “Using the exception criteria published by Welsh Government in November 2022 ten local roads have now been identified as containing stretches, which either meet the exceptions to 20mph speed limit restrictions, or have been reassessed as 40mph.”

“These roads will now be subject to a statutory consultation period scheduled for July, pending the outcome of which, reassessed limits will be introduced in November.”

T‌he sections of roads are on:

  • A5119 New Brighton
  • A549 Brunswick Road Chester Road
  • A549 Mold Road
  • B5127 Liverpool Road
  • B5128 Church Road
  • Bannel Lane
  • Bryn Lane – Bryn Y Baal Road
  • Drury New Road
  • Padeswood Road South
  • Drury Lane

Councillor Dave Hughes, Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Transportation said: “The lessons learned by the Council during this Phase One Settlement Programme will now be incorporated into our planning for the national roll out of 20mph on 17 September 2023.

“The feedback collected and the outcomes of the Council’s reassessment of local roads has also been shared with the Welsh Government.”

Full details of the 10 roads identified and the location of the exceptions, can be found on the Council’s website www.flintshire.gov.uk/20Buckley along with a summary of the feedback received from local residents through the household survey and information sessions.

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