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Council / Lower speed limits to be trialled on approach into south end of Lerwick

Sound Brae is moving from 40mph to 30mph. Photo: Shetland News

NEW trial speed limits are to be introduced on the main road leading into Lerwick from the south end, councillors agreed on Tuesday.

Members of Shetland Islands Council’s environment and transport committee backed the introduction of temporary 30mph, 40mph and 50mph speed limits on the A970 between Ackrigarth at the south end of Lerwick to the B9075 junction at Gulberwick.

The section of road from just south of the Black Gaet junction to the Sandy Loch reservoir will be reduced to 50mph.

From there will be a 40mph limit on a short stretch of the road, as well as the straight in towards Gulberwick, before it drops to 30mph in a more built-up area beginning at the top of the Sound Brae.

Image from report presented to councillors on Tuesday.

Officials identified the area as one where reduced speed limits “have been identified as having the potential to provide some benefits for active travel”.

A report from roads staff highlighted “notable changes in how we live, work and spend our recreation time” as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown including “large increases in walking and cycling for commuting, shopping and recreation”.

Local authorities are being encouraged by the Scottish Government to take steps to promote “healthier and more sustainable travel and lifestyle choices” and this “relatively simple measure” is seen as part of that effort.

Scottish Parliament election, 6 May 2021