Bristol City Council is undertaking a city wide review of 20mph speed limits.

June 20 2018
20mph speed limit review

There was a pilot scheme for 20mph zones in Bristol in 2010, with full Council approval for the expansion of the scheme during the Liberal Democrat administration in 2012. The scheme was rolled out across much of the city in 2014 and 2015 while George Ferguson was Mayor. There is now a review of the scheme.

The Mayoral election documentation produced by Marvin Rees in 2016 said, if elected, he’d “Ask all councillors to work with their Neighbourhood Partnerships to undertake a review of … 20mph zones in their areas and make recommendations on how they can be made to work.”  (This assumed that the 20mph zones were not already working.)  The fact the Neighbourhood Partnerships have subsequently been abolished by the Council, makes involving them in decisions around 20mph zones impossible.
20mph road sign
More than two years after Marvin Rees was elected as Mayor, Bristol City Council has started their city wide review of 20mph zones, and they’re seeking your views.

Councillors are now working with Council staff to collect views from local residents with the objective to see whether there is anything that can be done better, ensuring the speed limit is working as well as it possibly can.   There is an online consultation available at    Paper versions can be requested by calling 0117 903 6449 or emailing and are also available from libraries.

In addition to the review being undertaken by Councillors and Council staff, the team at the St George & Redfield Voice would also like your suggestions and opinions.  
You can send your comments to us at or write to us at 20mph, St George & Redfield Voice, Easton Business Centre, Felix Road, Bristol BS5 0HE.  We’ll share some of the suggestions on our Facebook page to see if others agree with you.  We will also share your comments with local Councillors and submit information formally to Bristol City Council.

The following local roads are included in the Bristol City Council consultation:
20mph road signChurch Road (A420),   
Crews Hole Road & Blackswarth Road,   
Easton Road,   
New Queens Street,   
Rose Green Road & Deep Pit Road,   
Stapleton Road (A432),   
Whitefield Road & Brook Road (B4465),   
Whitehall Road (B4465),   
Whiteway Road.
As part of the consultation you can also comment on other roads.


- Which roads, if any, do you think should revert back to 30mph rather than 20mph?   
- Which roads, if any, do you think should change to 20mph that are currently 30mph?
Please remember to be specific as to which roads you are referring to, which selection of the road (if not the full road), and why you think it should change.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said:  “As promised in my manifesto, this review will give people the opportunity to help us assess the effectiveness of 20mph in each area. We’ve been listening carefully to feedback from the public, councillors, police and other stakeholders, alongside our own evidence from monitoring reports, to create a long list of locations highlighted for review.”

Cllr Mhairi Threlfall, Cabinet Member for Transport and Connectivity, added: “Evidence shows that slower speeds reduce the number and severity of collisions on our roads and the 20mph monitoring report has shown that, on average, speeds on more than 100 surveyed roads have significantly reduced since 20mph limits were introduced. We’re keen to build on this research which is where the reviews come in to take on board feedback from residents.”
30mph sign
The Council is only looking at potential changes to speed limits; the review is not looking at the potential for physical measures to reduce traffic speed like speed bumps or other traffic calming measures.

For more information on the consultation go to


 Useful links:
   -   Bristol City Council - 20mph review
   -   Bristol City Council - 20 is plenty, general information on 20mph in Bristol
   -   Bristol City Council - Research information and relevant documents
   -   UWE: The Bristol Twenty Miles Per Hour Limit Evaluation (BRITE) Study
   -   RoSPA information on 20mph zones
   -   Sustrans info on 20mph in Bristol
   -   Bristol Cycling Campaign: information on Bristol 20mph
   -   Bristol City Council: @bristol20mph Twitter account
   -   20's plenty: Twitter account
   -   20's plenty