The Welsh Labour Government is “insane” to force through a blanket 20 mph speed limit that will cost the economy
£4.5 billion, a senior government minister told parliament today.
Leader of the House Penny Mordaunt was answering a question and a call for a debate on the issue from Ynys Môn
MP Virginia Crosbie when she made the remark.
Virginia told the House of Commons: “The Welsh Labour Government in Cardiff, supported by Plaid Cymru, will be
introducing a blanket 20 mph speed restriction in built-up areas across Wales from 17 September.
“In many places, such as outside schools and hospitals, 20 mph is appropriate, but does the Leader of the House agree
with many of my Ynys Môn constituents think that this blanket approach will impact main roads and the Welsh
“Will she make time for a debate on how we should be supporting the Welsh economy, not punishing it?”
In reply the minister said: “I thank (Virginia) for raising that point. This is absolutely insane, even by the standards of
the Labour Welsh Government. They have ignored businesses and the public, and they are pushing ahead with this
scheme despite huge opposition.
“The latest estimate is that it will cost the Welsh economy £4.5 billion. More disturbingly, it is going to increase
individuals’ fuel bills considerably and be harmful to the environment.
“My honourable friend is right that there are circumstances in which 20 mph speed limits are a good idea, but having
them as the default for many roads is crazy.
“Instead of punishing motorists, Labour should focus on fixing public transport, and particularly the trains, as Wales
has the highest cancellation rate in the UK. This situation is what the Labour party refers to as its blueprint for
Speaking afterwards Virginia added: “Opposition and anger to this terrible plan is growing. Time and again Welsh
Labour, aided and abetted by its Plaid chums, is harming Wales.
“This plan is unpopular, unworkable and expensive.”