Decision details

Leeds 20mph Local Areas Speed Limit Programme

Reference: D47413

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Approval of a programme to complete all remaining residential 20 mph zones and speed limits across Leeds, in line with ambitions previously outlined in reports to the Executive and Scrutiny Boards.


Approval to incur expenditure of £500,000 to complete approximately 90 remaining 20 mph speed limits in residential areas across Leeds, to be funded with £350,000 from the Local Transport Plan and £150,000 from the Council’s annual budget.



The Director of City Development submitted a report which detailed proposals for the final stage of completing a long standing programme of establishing 20mph zones and speed limits in residential areas across Leeds.


The Board discussed the methods and levels of associated enforcement of residential speed limits and 20mph zones. The comments made were acknowledged, with it being highlighted that the comprehensive roll out of such measures were aimed at promoting a long term change in people’s driving habits.


Members also discussed the criteria used to identify 20mph zones and also the use of other traffic calming measures, and with regard to the types of measures used, it was noted that the Council followed Government guidance on such matters.



(a)  That the progress made regarding the establishment of 20mph speed limits and zones in suitable residential areas of Leeds, be noted;


(b)  That the proposals for the completion of schemes at all remaining identified sites for residential 20mph zones and speed limit programmes in Leeds, be approved;


(c)  That approval be given to incur expenditure of £500,000 to complete approximately 90 remaining 20mph speed limits in residential areas across Leeds, to be fully funded from the West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan grant;


(d)  That the City Solicitor be instructed to advertise draft speed limit orders as necessary for the completion of this programme, and if no objections are received, to make and seal the orders as advertised;


(e)  That the following be noted:-

(i)   Construction of the scheme is programmed to commence in the spring of 2018 for completion by summer 2019; and

(ii)   That the Chief Officer Highways & Transportation will be responsible for the implementation of such matters.


Reason Key: Expenditure > £250,000;

Portfolio Holder: Executive Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Briefings and reports


All elected Ward Members

West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Ambulance Service

West Yorkshire Fire Service

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Contact: Nicholas Hunt, Highways Officer 0113 378 7487 Email:

Report author: Nicholas Hunt

Publication date: 27/03/2018

Date of decision: 21/03/2018

Decided at meeting: 21/03/2018 - Executive Board

Effective from: 04/04/2018

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