Somerset

New 20mph speed limits introduced in Bath area

New 20mph speed limits are being introduced in parts of Bath and the surrounding area.

Bath and North East Somerset Council has brought in the new restrictions in Newbridge and Keynsham after consultations with the local community.

Councillor Caroline Roberts said the restrictions will make the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Avon and Somerset Police said it "welcomes" the move but it will not enforce the new limits.

As a result of a Freedom of Information request by the BBC, the force said: "20mph speed restrictions will be treated in the same way as any other speed limit in the Avon and Somerset Police area.

"Enforcement will not be routine but will be intelligence-led and where there is evidence of clear and excessive offending, accompanied by an aggravating factor.

"Avon and Somerset Constabulary may consider enforcement where appropriate".

The new restrictions go live in Newbridge on 4 October and Keynsham on 10 October.

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