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New 20mph speed limits across the Falkirk area could lead to a reduction in emissions and reduce the perception of road danger according to a new plan launched by Falkirk Council.

The Council’s Executive committee approved the plans this week with town centres and most villages targeted initially with a wider consultation on other areas including residential areas to follow.

The new plan will see signage advising road users of the new arrangements and these are being used in preference to speed bumps that can actually increase emissions.

The proposal aims to enhance Falkirk’s town and village centres by promoting safer streets, encouraging people to walk and cycle and by creating more pleasant streets and neighbourhoods.  

The proposal will also provide a more equitable balance between different road users and create more inviting, inclusive, and greener environments. 

The reduced speed limits will strengthen the sense of place in Falkirk’s town and village cores.

Work is expected to start later this year.

You can read the full report here (Item 6).