Spaces for People 20mph trial gets underway

20mph trial

Published: Monday, 5th October 2020

Five communities in the Scottish Borders have become the first to have 20mph signage installed as part of our Spaces for People trial.

A 20mph speed limit is now in place in Coldingham, Eddleston, Newcastleton, Sprouston and Stow, with work to begin in more communities later this week.

A total of 91 villages and towns will see their streets move to a 20mph limit by the end of this year, as part of the 18 month pilot.

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What is Spaces for People?

  • The trial received funding worth £1.2million from the Spaces for People programme, which is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Sustrans Scotland.
  • Spaces for People aims to make it easier and safer for people to walk, cycle and wheel for every day journeys during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. 
  • The Spaces for People funding is also supporting a number of trial 40mph areas, road closures and one-way systems in specific locations, which are currently being implemented.
  • Having been approved by Councillors in August, a report will be brought back to Council in 12 months, with suggestions on which schemes to retain or remove. The remaining six months of the trial will be used to implement any permanent changes.
  • All the Spaces for People schemes have taken on board comments from the public as part of a consultation which ran in June and early July.
  • The 20mph trial will see an academic evaluation carried out by a Scottish university, which will show which of these temporary measures were successful and which were not.

Spaces for People further details

The following Spaces for People schemes are currently being introduced:

New trial 40mph areas

  • C76 Lauder to Earlston
  • Innerleithen to Peel
  • B7062 Peebles to Traquair
  • C11 Heriot to Clovenfords

Closure/one ways

  • B710 Caddonfoot to Clovenfords (closure) – already introduced

Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. We connect people and places, create liveable neighbourhoods, transform the school run and deliver a happier, healthier commute.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Infrastructure, Travel and Transport

“I am pleased that the Spaces for People 20mph trial is now underway and has been well received in the first communities to see the signage installed.

“We also understand some people may have some reservations but this is a trial which we believe has the potential to help our communities lead healthier lifestyles, which is why we wanted to work with Sustrans Scotland to try out these new measures.

“We will continue to provide advanced notification of when communities will see their signage changed to 20mph and are regularly updating our timetable.

“We will also be asking the public for feedback in 2021 once the signage is in place across all Borders communities.”

Amongst the first communities to see their signage changed to 20mph was Stow.

Ross Murphy, a member of Stow Community Council

“I am delighted that after a number of years of campaigning we now have a 20mph trial in place which we believe will help Stow become a better environment for children, pedestrians and cyclists to move around and stay active.”

Grace Murray, Stow Community Trust

“It is fantastic to see Stow become one of the first communities in the Scottish Borders to take part in the 20mph trial.

“A lot of people from across Stow are positive about the trial and we are very hopeful it will lead to less use of cars and more active travel.”