My response to the City Council’s Consultation on 20mph Speed Limits



The City Council is  considering the introduction of 20mph speed limits on the city’s roads to improve safety and reduce collisions. As their decision will affect everyone who lives, works, shops, visits or travels in the city, I welcome the opportunity to respond as the MP for Birmingham Northfield.



The consultation asks for views on the principles of 20mph speed limits, and the type of locations where they are to be implemented. My response focuses on the need to properly consider specific contexts and conduct safety assessments to determine how to most effectively reduce collisions and actively make roads safer. 


20mph zones can be useful components in safer road strategies but they are not a ‘silver bullet’ for improving road safety. The goal of Birmingham’s road safety strategy should be to build and manage safer roads and save lives, not to reduce speeds as an end point in itself.

You can read my response here: 201311 – Richard Burden MP – Bham Speed Consultation

The consultation is open untill 29  November 2013 and you can have your say by completing the online survey.

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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