FLINTSHIRE Council has issued guidance around 20mph exemptions as work to install appropriate signage takes place.

A dozen roads in the county are confirmed as being exempt from the new blanket 20mph speed limit in Wales and will revert to 30mph.

The speed limit came into effect on September 17, and the council said exempted roads will have new 30mph signs "in the coming weeks".

This has left some motorists scratching their head over what speed they should be doing on the exempted roads which haven't had 30mph signs installed yet.

One person, wishing to remain anonymous, said: "A lot of the roads that have been listed as being exempt are still without 30mph signs. 

"It's frustrating as the council advertised the exemptions in August and yet we're into October and still driving at 20mph on these roads."

Flintshire Council said: "The revised speed limits at the locations listed above will not come into force until all appropriate signage has been erected on site. This work will be undertaken over the coming weeks."

The Leader previously reported on the north-south divide in terms of the number of exempted roads - with the number of exemptions in places like Swansea being well into the hundreds. 


Flintshire politicians Jack Sargeant, Mark Tami MP and Carolyn Thomas MS have facilitated a meeting between Flintshire Council and Welsh Government in an attempt to ensure a more pragmatic approach is taken to new 20mph limits.

Despite the widespread opposition to the new speed limit, and calls for a U-turn on the law, the Welsh Government has remained firm. 

It said it will save up to 10 lives a year, and the Welsh NHS tens of millions due to a reduced number of road traffic collisions. 

Speaking in the Senedd last week, Lee Waters MS, the man behind the 20mph scheme, said: "I recognise the strength of feeling there is against the change in the speed limit. The number of people who have signed the Senedd petition speaks for itself and we certainly take it seriously.

"We understand that not everybody likes this and we are willing to be flexible in how this is implemented in your local community. 

"This is the biggest change in the rules of the road since wearing seatbelts became compulsory in 1983. That too was highly controversial and strongly resisted. Many people found it hard to adjust but it became accepted and nobody has suggested we should go back."

He added: "On streets where people and traffic mix, the evidence is very clear that 20 saves lives and cuts casualties. I'm very pleased that the early and emerging traffic data from the first week signals that people are supporting the change by slowing down.

"The data so far shows that the average delay to every journey time is less than one minute as we expected. They say it takes 28 days to change a habit, so we need to give this time."