Scottish Borders Council’s trial ’20 is Plenty’ initiative was introduced at 97 settlements across the region in December 2021 where 20mph was to be the default speed limit across towns and villages in the Borders.
The local authority scheme has now been awarded the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CHIT) Road Safety Award. The award recognises ‘outstanding achievements which improve road safety through excellent practice, design and technical application’.
The trial was run in conjunction with Transport Scotland and Sustrans and with input from academics at Edinburgh Napier University, who carried out an independent evaluation from 125 survey sites. They found that vehicle speeds had reduced in almost all locations, in some instances by 6 miles per hour, with an average reduction closer to 3mph.