Merseyside Police will enforce 20 mph speed limits on more than 1,700 roads in Wirral.
Posting on social media, Wirral Council confirmed speed limits introduced in the first phase of the road safety scheme over the summer of 2023 will now be managed by police. The second phase of the new limits on nearly 1,000 roads will be rolled out in 2024 with two more to follow.
The first phase was unanimously approved in January despite some opposition to the proposals.
Speed limits will now be enforced in parts of Wallasey, New Brighton, Bromborough, Prenton, Birkenhead, New Ferry, West Kirby, Caldy, Spital, Eastham, Claughton, Rock Ferry, Oxton, Seacombe, Woodchurch, Leasowe, Bebington, Port Sunlight, Gayton, and Heswall.
According to Wirral Council, 20mph limits are being brought in as part of a wider programme to reduce the number of casualties and deaths on Wirral’s roads and make roads in residential areas safer for children and families. Five people were killed on Wirral roads in 2022 and over the last six years, 27 have been killed and 590 seriously injured.
Posting on Wednesday, the council said, “What’s the latest on 20mph speed limits? Last month, councillors approved a 20mph speed limit on roads from phase 2 of the project. And for roads in phase 1, the police have started to enforce the 20mph limit, which follows a programme of speed monitoring and motorist awareness.”
Going forward, the council will look at some main roads that were included in the first phase as well as cul-de-sacs, which could potentially change back to 30mph. Council officers also acknowledged some mistakes had been made.
The enforcement of the new limits followed a targeted awareness campaign with Merseyside Police and Safer Roads Watch volunteers in Heswall, Wallasey, and Port Sunlight. Nearly 300 car drivers had been contacted by Merseyside Police as of 2 January and the awareness campaign will continue.