Speed limits are to be cut to 20mph in many more areas of Calderdale over the next two years.

Councillors have backed a scheme to slash speed limits in many residential areas.

They have 20mph speed limits in place in 13 areas of Calderdale, with many more planned by 2017.

The next phase will see the limits brought in in areas including Rastrick, Bailiff Bridge, Clifton, Brighouse, West Vale and Greetland.

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A council spokesman said: ”Installing 20mph limits aims to help make our streets safe and pleasant wherever we live and however we travel.

“The move towards more 20mph areas reflects what other parts of the UK are already doing, and Calderdale is the first place in West Yorkshire to introduce 20mph speed limits on most residential streets”.

Council officers, West Yorkshire Police and other interested parties have studied the existing schemes and are talking to residents about future plans.

Clr James Baker, said: “Calderdale residents have told us that road safety is one of their greatest concerns and the speed of traffic is frequently raised at ward forums and police meetings.

Clr James Baker

“It’s recognised that slower speeds help to reduce the number of road collisions and seriousness of any casualties, but we will also be discussing 20mph areas in more detail, including their size and how they’re enforced”.

Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: “Road safety is of real concern to our communities and last year, after extensive consultation with members of the public I included road safety as a priority in the refreshed police and crime plan that set out the strategic direction for the police here in West Yorkshire over five years to 2018.

“We all have a responsibility for road safety and speeding remains an issue of high concern for our police, particularly in residential areas. The 20mph limits must be enforced in an appropriate and proportionate way, working with the police and with our partners”.

20mph limits already in place

Siddal and Southowram, Savile Park, Manor Heath, extended Halifax Town Centre, Skircoat Green, Todmorden and Walsden.

December 2015: Sowerby Bridge, Warley Town, Friendly, Beechwood, Pye Nest and Delph Hill.

2016: Hebden Bridge, Luddenden, Midgley, Mytholmroyd, Wadsworth, Old Town, Pecket Well, Heptonstall, Ovenden, Illingworth, Wheatley, Bradshaw and Fountain Head.

2017: Rastrick, Bailiff Bridge, Clifton, Hove Edge, Brighouse Wood, Norwood Green, Hipperholme, Northowram, Shelf, Barkisland, Greetland, West Vale, Ripponden, Ryburn, Mill Bank and Rishworth.