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December 14, 2008 12:01 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 Colin Daglish says: "We shall be working closely with the community to ensure the new speed limits are installed in all speeding black spots.

"As councillors and parents both PJ and I are committed to making Fenham's streets as safe as possible.

"This is good news for residential areas and I hope drivers will respect the new limits. Evidence shows speed cuts reduce deaths."