A CITY-WIDE 20mph speed limit will be introduced across Glasgow as part of plans to ensure no one in the city is killed in car crashes. 

The ambitious strategy hopes to put an end to horrific smashes which claim the lives of Glaswegians every year. 

While the number of serious crashes - causing either fatalities or serious injuries - is falling, the council said, nine people were killed on the road in 2019 and 160 sent to hospital. 

It is hoped that a raft of new measures will see both of these numbers fall to zero by the year 2030, including improved road safety engineering, enforcement, introducing safety cameras at key locations, initiatives that improve road safety around city schools, education projects, cycle training schemes and road safety campaigns.

Councillor Anna Richardson, the city's head of sustainability, believes that a key element will be ensuring more people take up walking and cycling and hopes to introduce a 20mph speed limit throughout Glasgow, as well as rolling out more low-traffic neighbourhoods. 

Traffic calming measures and steps to entice people away from their cars have been controversial in the areas where they have already been introduced, such as the construction of segregated cycle lanes in Pollok, which have been met with some local opposition. 

Ms Richardson said: “Road collisions have an immeasurable impact on those directly involved, but also create a significant financial impact on public services. But concerns about road safety can also deter people from walking, cycling or spending time outdoors.

"Introducing a city-wide 20 mph speed limit will be a crucial element of creating a safer roads environment.

"Slowing vehicle speed opens up opportunities for people to walk and cycle more often, which in turn improves the environment we all live in.

"Implementing low traffic neighbourhoods will limit through traffic on residential streets and will help to create safer spaces within communities where people can feel more confident walking, wheeling or cycling.

“No level of death or serious injury is acceptable in our road transport network. Our vision of zero serious or fatal incidents by 2030 is undoubtedly challenging, but achieving this target will make an enormous difference to the well-being of the city.”