Peebles to Peel Backroads Questionnaire

Closed 31 Mar 2021

Opened 5 Mar 2021


As part of the Scottish Government funded Spaces for People programme the Council temporarily reduced the speed limit from a national speed limit of 60mph for cars to 40mph for all vehicles along the backroads between Peebles and Peel for a trial period.  The aim of this trial was to determine if the public would benefit from the reduced speed limit ‘…. to ensure that people can walk, cycle and wheel during this public health emergency whilst physically distancing and keeping safe from traffic.’ 

We have received some concerns from residents who live along the back roads between Peebles and Peel who believe that the temporary signed 40mph speed reduction has had the unintended consequence of increasing vehicle speeds as drivers may now see the 40mph signs as a target speed instead of a maximum speed. 

Due to the length of these back roads the Council took the decision not to carry out speed monitoring a survey would only provide a record of a specific point.  The intention was that the outcome of this trial would be determined by the views of the communities and road users, with feedback originally planned for Spring 2021, however as concerns have been raised recently the Council are keen to determine views sooner rather than later on how the trial is being perceived locally.


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