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A string of Birmingham high streets are to be made 20mph zones in the first round of speed cuts.

Detailed maps issued by the city council revealed Moseley, Kings Heath, Harborne and Sparkhill had all been targeted for reductions within the next 12 months.

The authority’s Labour bosses agreed to cut speed limits on residential roads earlier this month.

The maps showed that main A and B roads would retain their 40mph and 30mph limits – except through high streets and shopping areas like Moseley Village, Ladypool Road and Harborne High Street.

In those locations, drivers will be asked to stick to 20mph.

A total of 11 maps covering Aston, Bordesley, Bournville, Edgbaston, Harborne, Hodge Hill, Moseley and Kings Heath, Nechells, Selly Oak, Sparkbrook and Washwood Heath were published.

Three more, covering Ladywood, South Yardley and Springfield, are due to follow.

Transport policy manager Richard Leonard said: “It is a big area.

“It correlates not only with the wards where the support for 20mph limits was highest, but where accident rates are high.”

Transport officers will now take comments and consider amendments before the final details are confirmed during the summer.

A public consultation questionnaire late last year found 60 per cent of respondents were opposed to 20mph limits.

But council chiefs ploughed on with the scheme, claiming few understood what was proposed. They also tried to make it clear the speed cuts would not apply to main arterial routes.

Studies of other areas where 20mph zones have already been adopted suggested that at least seven lives would be saved in three years.

It was also claimed that the emergency services would save money by being called to fewer alerts.

Do you back 20mph zones in Birmingham? Email letters@birminghammail.co.uk 

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