Spaces for People 20 Zones


31st July 2020

ALL FOUR temporary 20mph zones in the city introduced as part of the Spaces for People scheme should be operational in the coming weeks.

Streets in Douglas, the Perth Road area and Broughty Ferry have been signposted and roads marked to remind drivers of the new reduced speed limit with similar moves going on in Fintry.

The first temporary 20mph zone went live in Douglas last month.

Mark Flynn, depute convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “The positive measures that we have already put in through the Spaces for People programme have been welcomed and are already being well used by cyclists and pedestrians.

“All four temporary 20mph zones are helping to change the face of parts of the city by creating a safer street environment as we move into the future stages of easing lockdown.

“Walking and cycling safely in ways that protect public health, support physical distancing and help to prevent a second wave of the virus is an important part of our recovery as a city.”

Signs and road markings reminding drivers of the new 20mph limit are being put up at junctions on the main routes into the areas.

Dundee City Council was awarded £460,000 from the Scottish Government’s Spaces for People Fund in May, which as well as being spent on the 20mph zones, covers work to close Union Street to vehicular traffic and through traffic reduction on various routes.

Funded by Scottish Government and managed by Sustrans Scotland, Spaces for People is a temporary infrastructure programme in Scotland offering funding and support to make it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for permitted journeys and exercise, while physical distancing is in place during Covid-19 and as we transition out of lockdown.

A second application to Sustrans for backing to bring in measures around physical distancing in District Centres, pop-up cycle lanes on commuter routes and upgrading the Green Circular was made last month. The results of this will be made known once the majority of funds from the city’s first successful bid has been spent.

While all of the works are weather dependant the current timetable is to have all four areas completed by the end of next week.


Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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