The Welsh Government is still learning from the 20mph pilot in Buckley and other areas as they prepare for the national rollout.

The Government confirmed there have been discussions with Flintshire Council in relation to the pilot in Buckey, which has proven unpopular among residents due to ongoing issues.

In the Buckley Residents Group there have been reports of dangerous driving in the area as a result of the new speed limit, including incidents of motorists overtaking those who are abiding by the new speed limit, road rage, and a build-up of traffic.

The Government says that it is down to more education on the change and that the pilots are in place to make the national rollout as smooth as possible.

They will, and were intended to, reveal what works and what doesn’t in different areas in Wales and the Government says it is learning from the pilot areas.

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One issue they are looking into is whether the right roads are selected.

A spokesman said: “That’s been one of the areas that we’ve been in discussions with Flintshire County Council about in relation to the Buckley trial - about whether we need to look at the exceptions criteria a little bit more and apply some additional local knowledge as we move forward with the national rollout.”

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) states that 45 per cent of pedestrians get killed when struck by a car going at 30mph or less but only 5 per cent when going at 20mph or less.

The target date for the national rollout is April 2023 and only 1 per cent of urban roads have been changed in Wales so far, but the implementation of the change in speed limit will differ from area to area as local authorities are in charge of the change.

The change is to the default speed of roads, which is 30mph outside of the pilot areas, to 20mph, but local authorities can make a case for why a road should be 30 rather than 20.

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The 20mph scheme is said to be popular in Wales, with 45 out of 53 Members of the Senedd voting in favour of the change, and proven popularity in the public, though the Government accepts that the transition period will mean leniency to those breaking the speed limit as they, in partnership with Welsh Police forces GoSafe scheme, seek to educate motorists.

A spokesperson said: “There is public support but a minority won’t like the policy and we shouldn’t let that dangerous driving put us off because actually, it's the dominance of the cars that they are trying to change in the transport system and it's not an anti-car - this is about levelling the playing field between people who travel in different ways.”