December 22, 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 city council 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 Peter Arnold says: "This has been a Lib Dem manifesto commitment for several years, so I am pleased it is happening.

"This is good news for all residential areas across Denton Ward. I hope all motorists will respect these new limits and stick to 20mph.

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