Statement: Ensure communities remain at the heart of 20mph policy in Wales, as Future Generations Commissioner warns against u-turn

“Wales took a bold leap in joining other world nations and introducing the change in default speed limits to 20mph where people live, work, learn and play – a step in the right direction to shifting Cymru from car-dominated streets to ones that feel safe, walkable and friendly. 

While improvements to the implementation of the 20mph policy are needed, the well-being of our communities must remain at the heart of this policy.  

Research by Public Health Wales found nearly 70% of collisions in which children are injured take place on roads which have a 30mph limit. The Well-being of Future Generations Act requires policymakers to use preventative measures to protect well-being now and in the future and with a health crisis and one in five people without access to a vehicle, it’s vital that we have more walkable communities for a healthier and more equal Wales. 

Transport policy in Wales has made some real progress since the introduction of our world-leading well-being goals.  I would urge councils not to do a u-turn, to work with communities and ensure that when it comes to creating spaces that serve everyone in Wales, we don’t take any backward steps.”