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Transport / Speed limit trials to come into force at south end of Lerwick and Tresta next Friday

Sound Brae is one of the areas where the speed limit has been reduced, in this case to 30mph. Photo: Shetland News

LOWER speed limit trials at the south entrance to Lerwick and Tresta will be put in place next Friday (10 December).

The trials will be introduced at 3pm on the day, and they will run through to early June 2023.

The project will explore the impact lower speed limits has on active travel, such as walking and cycling.

The Black Gaet junction to the Gulberwick junction will drop to 50mph, before it reduces to 40mph and then 30mph on the Sound Brae.

The straight side road towards Gulberwick will also lower to 40mph.

In Tresta a section of the A971 will lower from 60mph to 50mph – much to the relief of local residents who signed a petition calling for traffic to be slowed down there.

The speed limit trials were agreed by councillors a year ago, but problems with active travel monitoring equipment caused delays.

Shetland Islands Council’s environment and transport committee chairman Ryan Thomson said: “It’s good to see these speed limit trials being introduced after a delay due to technological failures.

“I’m thankful to those within these communities for their dialogue and efforts to have these lower speed limit trials installed, and I hope the monitoring of these areas will show the increase in active travel and that people will feel safer walking and cycling in these areas.”