Steve McCabe MP says “20 is plenty!”

Steve is backing calls to introduce a 20mph speed limits on Birmingham’s residential roads in a bid to improve road safety and reduce the number of accidents on our roads.


The Government has recommended that local authorities consider 20mph speed limits in cities based on evidence that they make roads safer and reduce the number and severity of accidents.

Accidents are expected to be less severe. Pedestrians are much less likely to be killed in accidents that occur at lower impact speeds too. For example, if a person is hit at 30mph, they have a 50 per cent chance of being killed, whereas at 20mph this is reduced to ten per cent.

The 20mph speed limits would be introduced mainly on residential roads, which account for around 90 per cent of the roads in the city. Other ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads would keep 30mph or 40mph speed limits but, in some cases, specific local circumstances might mean a 20mph speed limit would be considered – for example:

  • busy high street shopping areas like A435 High Street in Kings Heath, Alum Rock Road, or A41 Soho Road; and
  • around schools, leisure facilities, hospitals and public transport interchanges.

If approved the 20mph speed limit will be rolled out over 5-7 years and roads with the highest number of accidents will be targeted first.

Birmingham City Council is due to report back on the findings of the consultation in early 2014.


Steve McCabe MP said:

“I think it is really important that our roads are safe for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists and that’s why I think 20mph is plenty! I am also pleased that Kings Heath High Street has been earmarked as a busy A road which would be subject to the 20mph speed limit.”

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