Wolverhampton ring road speed limit cut as part of huge transport changes in city

The speed limit on a busy ring road in Wolverhampton is changing. Changes will come in to force tonight (Sunday, May 31) for the Wolverhampton Ring Road, as the 40mph zone limit is cut to 30mph. It comes as City of Wolverhampton Council makes significant changes across its transport network, to prioritise public safety and maintain social distancing.

It is hoped the changes will encourage more people to walk and cycle and the council is looking to focus on three main objectives to increase safety:

  • Prioritising public safety and maintaining social distancing as part of Covid-19.
  • Redesigning public spaces to accommodate and encourage more walking and cycling.
  • Reducing emissions as part of the Climate Emergency.

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The city council will look at ways to maintain social distancing measures by widening footways, relocating bus stops, and introducing pop-up bike lanes and additional crossing points. Routes which are being considered for changes include Wolverhampton Ring Road, Stafford Road, city centre routes and Public Space, Waterloo Road, Penn Road, Chapel Ash, Willenhall Road and Wednesfield Road. New speed limits may also be introduced to provide safer crossings and a more inviting environment to accommodate increased walking and cycling activity.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment, said: “Due to the essential need for social distancing, a fundamental redesign of public space is required to ensure all residents are able to travel, exercise and play safely and comfortably. “The city council is developing plans to increase the city’s walking and cycling infrastructure, focusing on cleaner technology and re-building the public transport network. “Improvements will be led by priority, demand, feasibility and the need to ensure the potential for increased traffic is not compromised.

“We will be introducing these measures initially on a temporary basis, with a view to making successful interventions semi permanent or even permanent as we move towards a cleaner, greener city.

“I would urge people to consider walking or cycling where possible if they need to visit the City Centre and if you are coming by car, please consider parking outside of the centre and, where you can, walking or cycling in for that final part of your journey which is better for you and also will help create a safer environment for other citizens.” 

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