To improve road safety at schools across Scotland, a part-time 20mph zone has been installed on short sections of many trunk roads.
The A77 in Girvan and Maybole have benefited from part time 20mph zones. The project was managed by Amey on behalf of Transport Scotland.
The 20mph limit will be enforceable by the Police and will operate at busy times of the day when lots of pedestrians, particularly school children, are around. They are used before school starts, during lunch time and at the end of the school day. Occasionally the limit will be in place for special events at the school.
Before and after school, and during lunchtimes the signs show a '20' symbol and will flash 'SLOW DOWN' if you are travelling too fast. Out with these busy times the speed limit will revert to 30mph but if you speed through the zone you'll be flashed '30 SLOW DOWN' to remind you of the limit.
Significant reductions in speeds can produce substantial road safety benefits including the reduction of accidents and severity of casualties.
The 20mph speed limits help protect vulnerable road users including children, pedestrians and cyclists and it is hoped that this measure will encourage more young people to walk or cycle to school in Girvan and Maybole.
Research shows that in areas where 20mph zones and traffic calming measures have been introduced injury accidents have fallen by 60%, child pedestrian accidents by 70% and child cyclist accidents by 48%. (Source DFT research project 1996)