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December 15, 2008 1:05 AM

A blanket 20mph speed limit looks set to be introduced on Newcastle's residential streets.

Only major bus routes and roads with heavy volumes of traffic would be excluded under the plan.

It would take four years to change the speed limit on every street in the city, at a cost of around £1.4 million, including news signs and introducing the necessary legal orders.

Councillor Mike Curthoys says: "This has been a Lib Dem manifesto commitment for several years, so I am pleased it is happening.

"This is good news for residential areas across Newburn Ward and I hope drivers will respect the new limits.

"Evidence shows 20mph limits have a huge effect in increasing safety and reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads."