A 20mph speed limit could be heading for a street or road near you as Comhairle nan Eilean Siar moves to bring itself into line more with the Isle of Skye and Highland Council which has a plethora of 20mph limits under the Twenty’s Plenty slogan.

Putting it in formal terms, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar proposes to make “The Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Tarbert, Balivanich & Castlebay) (Spaces for People – 20mph & 30mph Speed Limit) Experimental Order 2021” under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

And the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar also proposes to make “The Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Stornoway) (Spaces for People – 20mph Speed Limit) Experimental Order 2021” under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. – which covers a vast area of Stornoway as the list of streets below shows.

In Stornoway, CnES says the 20mph speed limit will cover the majority of Stornoway Town Centre and also some residential and industrial areas. The Experimental Order is intended to operate for a period of 12 months. Following this period, the effects of the Order will be assessed along with its suitability to be made permanent.

In Harris, Uist and Barra the effect of the Order will be to prohibit any person from driving or causing or permitting to be driven, for a period of 12 months, any vehicles on the roads within the following areas at a speed exceeding 20mph.

Tarbert: A859 Tarbert, C78 Tarbert, East Loch Tarbert Slipway Road, Ferry Road (A868), Leverhulme Road, Macsween Street, Main Street (A868), Old Pier Road, Pier Road (A868), Scott Road

Balivanich: B892 Balivanich, Baille na Cille, Commercial Development Road, Columba Place, Druim Na H’Airde, Meallard, Rathad MhicEoin, Tindill Road, Winfield Close, Winfield Way

Castlebay: A888 Castlebay, Ciosmul Cottages, Corran Ciosmul, Horve Road, St Brendan’s Road, Maol Domhnaich

The Order will also prohibit any person from driving or causing or permitting to be driven, for a period of 12 months, any vehicles on the following approach roads in Tarbert at a speed exceeding 30mph.

  • On the A859 from a point 155m west of the junction with West Loch Tarbert Pier road to a point 40m north west of Sir E Scott bus park, a distance of 460m or thereby.
  • On the A859 from a point 27m east of the A859/A868 junction easterly towards The Caw for a distance of 250m or thereby.

CnES says the restrictions are in the interests of road safety in accordance with the Government funded Spaces for People programme.

Spaces for People is a temporary infrastructure programme set up to create safer areas for pedestrians and cyclists during COVID-19.

Full details of these proposals are in the Draft Order which, together with a map showing the lengths of the roads affected and a statement of the Comhairle’s reasons for proposing to make the Order may be examined on the Comhairle’s website

https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/roads-travel-and-parking/traffic-regulation- orders/traffic-regulation-orders-proposals-for-comment/.

If you are unable to access the website please call Customer Services on 01851 600 502. Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm (from 10am on Wednesdays).

Any person wishing to object to the proposed Order should send details in writing, either by email to Traffic- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in hard copy to the Chief Executive, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway, HS1 2BW to be received no later than 4pm, Friday 15 January 2021.

Objections should state the full name and address of the objector, the Order to which they relate and the grounds on which they are made.

CnES says the reason for implementing this Order is in the interests of road safety in line with the ambitions of the national Spaces for People Programme. Spaces for People is a temporary infrastructure programme which offers funding and support to make it easier and safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for essential exercise during COVID-19.This is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Sustrans Scotland.

The introduction of the 20mph speed limit will cover the majority of central of Tarbert, Balivanich and Castlebay. In Tarbert a short section of 30mph speed limit will also be introduced at the approaches to the 20mph limit from the east and west. This will allow a gradual reduction of speed from the national speed limit.

This Order is experimental and will be in place for 12 months. Following this period the effects of the Order will be assessed along with its suitability to be made permanent.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar also proposes to make “The Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Stornoway) (Spaces for People – 20mph Speed Limit) Experimental Order 2021” under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

The effect of the Order will be to prohibit any person from driving or causing or permitting to be driven, for a period of 12 months, any vehicles at a speed exceeding 20mph on the following roads within the Stornoway area:

A-B Anderson Road (C34); Assaye Place; Arras Cottages; Bain Square; Balmerino Drive; Bank Street; Barony Square; Battery Road; Battery Park Road; Bayhead Street; Bells Road; Berisay Place; Bulnacraig Street

C-D Caberfeidh Road; Canada Crescent; Cannery Road; Castle Street (A857); Church Street (C118); Churchill Drive; Cromwell Street (A857) Cross Street Columbia Place; Doig Crescent

E-F-G: Ferry Road; Fleming Place; Francis Street; Garden Road; Gibson Gardens; Goathill Crescent; Goathill Road (C118)

H-to-L: Haldane Court; Inaclete Rd; India Street; Island Road; James St(A866) Jamieson Drive; Keith Street; Kennedy Terrace; Kenneth Street; Leverhulme Drive; Lewis Street; Lister Place

M-to-P: Mackenzie Street; Maclennan Place; Macleod Road; Macrae Road; Macrae Place Macaulay Road (A857) Manor Drive; Matheson Road (B8027); Millar Road; Morrison Avenue; Murray Place; Newton Street (C116) New Street; Nicolson Road; Nicol Crescent; North Beach (A857); Perceval Road; Plantation Road (A858/C34); Point Street; Portrona Drive

Q-to-S: Queensland Road; Quay Street; Robertson Road; Ross Terrace; Rose Street; Rigs Road; Ripley Place; Sand Street; Sandwick Road (A866); Scotland Street; Seaforth Road (C116); Seaview Terrace (C116); Shell Street (C116); Smith Avenue; South Beach Street; Springfield Road; Stirling Square

T-to-W: Tolmie Terrace; Torquil Terrace; Westview Terrace; Willowglen Road