20mph speed limits for more than 800 streets

Around 850 Midlothian streets could have speed limits cut from 30mph to 20mph.

Go ahead from councillors

Councillors gave the go ahead for officers to draw up an action plan to implement the road safety measures at the full Council meeting on Tuesday.

Local people consulted

The move comes after more than 1,000 comments and suggestions were gathered from local people and community organisations at a public consultation on speed limits in November of last year.

More than 1,000 comments

Residents and other stakeholders were asked for their views on existing limits in local areas, and on 20mph speed limits in towns, villages and smaller settlements.

1700 streets reviewed

 The council also commissioned consultants AECOM to review more than 1700 streets across the county with a view to adjusting speed limits in line with the council’s recently approved speed limit policy.

Study extended

 Councillors also agreed that following this initial review, the study will be extended to other streets with speed limits of 40mph, 50mph, 60mph and 70mph.

Other changes coming

Having listened to the views of the public and considered the speed limit policy, councillors agreed, among other changes the following will progress through the formal statutory process towards implementation:: 

  • A 30mph speed limit will be imposed along all of the Old Pentland Road. Stretches of the road currently have limits of 40mph and 60mph. 
  • The speed limit in Howgate will be reduced from 30mph to 20mph. Speed reduction measures will be put in place. 
  • The speed limit on Edgehead Road will be cut to 20mph and speed reduction measures put in place. 
  • The speed limits within Dewarton and Pathhead village will both be cut to 20mph.
  • In Roslin, the speed limit on the B7006 Main Street and Penicuik Road be reduced to 20mph.
9 May 2023