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By Donald Turvill
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Support for 20mph zone in town

A TRIAL project that will see a 20 mph speed limit introduced on roads in Dumfries town centre should be expanded.

That’s the view of South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth who wants to see the council plan go further.

He was speaking following last week’s decision by the Nithsdale Area Committee to push forward with plans to lower speed limits in the town.

The MSP said: “I welcome any move by Dumfries and Galloway Council to expand 20 mph zones.

“However, I would like them to go even further than just Dumfries town centre. Many of our schools have 20 mph zones, but this should be expanded to cover the whole neighbourhood near the school. Why have 20 mph next to a school but not next to the play park around the corner?

“Scottish Borders Council recently agreed to introduce a blanket 20 mph in their existing 30 mph zones – so I hope Dumfries and Galloway will look carefully at their experience in the coming months and if it’s successful, as I think it will be, then they should follow suit.”

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