Leicester City Council considers more 20mph zones

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Image caption The first 20mph speed zones were introduced in Leicester in 1999

Leicester City Council is considering increasing the number of 20mph speed limit zones across the city.

Campaigners have been calling for a reduction in the speed limit in residential areas to help cut accidents and improve air quality.

The authority has studied a similar scheme in Portsmouth which has a 20mph speed limit on 95% of its roads.

Leicester first introduced the scheme in 1999, and now 8% of its roads have a 20mph limit.

Councillor Sarah Russell said: "It is something that we are actively considering at the moment.

"There have been plans in place to put in small-scale 20mph zones in different parts of the city.

"We're looking at the potential for doing it at a wider scale.

"Anything we can do to improve road safety we will look at."

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