TIGHTER speed restrictions are set to be introduced in Malmesbury this week in a bid to increase safety in the town.

From Thursday, the 20mph speed limit in the town centre will be extended to cover Burnivale and Bristol Street to its junction with Bremilham Road, which includes Harpers Lane, Crab Tree Close, Dark Lane and Foxley Road to the bridge.

The roads were chosen for the extension as they either have narrow or no pavements, as well as pinch points and blind turns.

Wiltshire councillor for Malmesbury, Gavin Grant said: "Although the Covid pandemic meant it took a year to get‎ the legal process completed and the extension of the 20mph zone signed off, I am delighted that it has happened.

"Pavements in this area are narrow or non existent and many people cycle in Malmesbury.

"Residents deserve to be able to walk and cycle safely on these narrow streets.

"So in my view 'Twenty is Plenty' here for motorists.

"I will also be asking our local police to ensure that the new 20mph speed limit, and our existing one in the town centre is properly enforced."

There have also been discussions on whether the 20mph zone should be extended to Burnham Road, Bremilham Road, Gastons Road, Gloucester Road and St Mary's Street.

If you would like to express your view on a further extension, or have any concerns over other speeding hotspots in the town, email gavingrant@btinternet.com.

Dave Thomas, head of highways asset management at Wiltshire Council, said: “This 20mph scheme was identified as a priority by the Malmesbury Community Area Transport Group (CATG) and is supported by Malmesbury Town Council.

“CATGs are sub-groups of Community Area Boards that specifically deal with small-scale local highway issues, such as safety improvements and schemes that increase accessibility. They are made up of Area Board members, local town and parish representatives and members of the local community.”