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Welsh Government Considering Reversing 20mph Limits on Hundreds of Roads: A U-Turn or Refinement?

The Welsh government is considering raising the speed limit from 20mph to 30mph on some roads where the lower limit was implemented under a controversial law.
This decision comes after admissions of mistakes made in the policy implementation.

The government denies performing a U-turn and insists that the default 20mph limit in built-up areas will remain in high-risk areas to prevent accidents and save NHS money.

Welsh Transport Secretary Ken Skates described this as refining and finessing the policy for safer conditions.

The text is a summary of a statement made by the Welsh Transport Minister, Lee Waters, regarding the implementation of a 20mph speed limit in various parts of Wales.

The minister acknowledges that mistakes may have been made in the process and is open to making corrections.

He also mentions that the number of changes required will vary significantly across Wales, with urban areas like Cardiff requiring fewer changes due to their suitability for 20mph limits, while more rural and semi-urban areas may require more changes.

Overall, the minister expresses a commitment to making policies that prioritize safety and reducing collisions, even if it means making adjustments along the way.

The text discusses the proposed change in speed limits from 30mph to 20mph on most roads outside schools, hospitals, and built-up areas.

According to Skates, the new guidance will be published in July, and consultations for the changes will begin in September.

The cost of making these revisions could reach up to £5m.

However, there are some routes where a 30mph speed limit is deemed more appropriate.
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