TEN ROADS across Flintshire are "in the process" of reverting back to 30mph, Flintshire County Council has confirmed. 

As of September 17, the majority of residential roads throughout Wales have been lowered from 30mph to 20mph.

The Welsh Government states that the change will 'help save lives', but it has been met with great criticism with over 460,000 people signing a petition in opposition to the 20mph limit.

Last month, it was revealed that Flintshire County Council was set to meet with the Welsh Government over the speed limit. 

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

However following conversations with FCC and Welsh Government, Mark Tami suggested it seemed 'unlikely' that further exceptions would be made.

The Alyn and Deeside MP said: "I want a smoother and quicker process to be put in place to identify and bring forward roads for review. The process currently in place means that it is likely to take longer than I and many other would like.”


When questioned on further exemptions being made, the local authority said that 10 roads across the county are 'in the process' to be reverted back to 30mph.

The A459 and B5129 are in the list twice, due to two different sections of the roads being reverted back to 30mph.

Those roads are: 

  • A549 Mold Road, Mynydd Isa
  • A549 Chester Road / Dirty Mile - Little Mountain, Buckley
  • B5127 Liverpool Road, Buckley
  • B5128 Church Road, Buckley
  • Drury Lane, Buckley 
  • St Davids Park, Ewloe
  • A541 Denbigh Road, Mold
  • A5104 Warren Bank Interchange, Broughton
  • A5026 Holway Road, Holywell
  • B5121 Greenfield Road, Holywell
  • B5129 Kelsterton Road, Kelsterton
  • B5129 Queensferry Roundabout

Chief Officer for Streetscene and Transportation, Katie Wilby, said: “Flintshire County Council has taken a phased approach to assessing restricted roads in the county. Initially, county councillors were given the opportunity to nominate roads for assessment against Welsh Government’s exception criteria and, as a result, 10 roads are now in the process of reverting back to 30mph. 

“Further details on the next phase to enable local communities to put forward further roads for consideration for an exception will be released shortly. We will continue to work with Welsh Government to ensure a consistent approach to exceptions is taken across Wales.”

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “The message from Highways Authorities has been clear – we want to allow time for the new speeds to settle before making changes to the exceptions guidance.

"However, we are working with local highway authorities on how the guidance can be applied in different parts of Wales and to support councils to address obvious anomalies.”