The City of Edinburgh is rolling out a £2 million programme of 20mph speed limits for city centre roads – a first for Scotland.
However, the project comes with some clear logistical challenges:
- This hasn’t been tried before on such a scale in Scotland.
- Choosing the roads where the 20mph speed limit should apply.
- Informing decision makers and the public about the new lower limits.
Edinburgh City Council used OS mapping data, free through the One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA), to create visuals for a major public consultation. This let citizens of Edinburgh give their views alongside key stakeholders such as Lothian Buses and Police Scotland.
With a positive response from the consultation, councillors approved the project. During its delivery over the next two years, the council will use a web map and other supporting materials to keep stakeholders informed.
- Mapping products used to support the consultation programme – the first of its kind in Scotland.
- Easy-to-understand maps, with accurate spatial information, helped generate a positive response to the public consultation.
- The council can update maps to keep stakeholders informed during the roll out.