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20mph Default Speed Limit - Restricted Roads Wales


The Council has published its notice of making on Monday 11th September. The Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council (Various Streets and Roads in Rhondda CynonTaff) Revocation, Variation and Speed Limit) Order 2023 will come into operation in conjunction with the ‘The Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Wales) Order 2022’ on the 17th September 2023. Copies of the Notice and Plans can be viewed through the following links:

Notice of Making
Consultation Drawings


The Welsh Government passed ' The Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Wales) Order 2022 ' on the 13th February 2022, which came into force on the 17th of September 2023. All Councils in Wales were required to implement this Welsh Government initiative. 

The introduction of this legislation has a major impact on the Authority’s highway network with the majority of our restricted roads being reduced to 20 MPH (by virtue of the presence of street lighting on such roads).

The Council will provide regular updates via this page as the project develops.

What stage are we at?

The Council Published its ‘Notice of Making’ for the RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL (VARIOUS STREETS AND ROADS IN RHONDDA CYNON TAFF) (REVOCATION, VARIATION AND SPEED LIMIT) ORDER 2023 on Monday 11th September 2023. Any person wishing to question the validity of the Order or of any provision contained in it on the grounds that they are not within the powers conferred by the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984 or on the grounds that any requirement of that Act or of any instrument made under it had not been complied with in relation to the Order, may within six weeks from 17th September 2023 apply to the High Court for this purpose

Have your say

Whilst Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC is responsible for facilitating the change to the highway network brought about by the introduction of this new legislation. The overall scheme is being directed and funded by the Welsh Government and therefore any concerns would need to be raised directly with them via: 

There will however be elements of the highway network that deviates from the standards set by the Welsh Government and the residents of those areas that are affected will be written to separately as part of the statutory legal process.

However, should you have any localised concerns regarding the principle of the initiative then please contact us via the following link or alternatively you can email your concerns to


Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has retained a number of 30mph speed limits on roads throughout the county borough where it was felt necessary to make exceptions (by virtue of a Traffic Regulation Order) to the Welsh Government’s default 20mph speed limit, applying approved guidance and following a legal statutory process.

The Authority is currently dealing with all the issues associated with the implementation of the new 20mph scheme and there is no desire to react to any non- emergency requests while the scheme is going through a bedding in period.

Not with-standing the above there is no funding available to make any immediate changes to the 20mph scheme and no indication from Welsh Government as to whether grant funding will be available next year to consider any changes.

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