A 20mph speed limit will be introduced on all roads in West Bromwich town centre under plans aimed at cutting accident rates.
Roads including High Street, West Bromwich Ringway and streets around the New Square complex are among those where speed limits could be reduced under the proposals.
It comes after a consultation was launched that could see roads in and around Birmingham have their speed limits reduced to 20mph.
Councillor Maria Crompton, Sandwell Council highways boss, said: “Obviously we are looking at doing this for safety reasons.
“I don’t think the accident figures are massive, but part of our pledge this year is to try to reduce accidents even further, so we are looking at different ways that we can do that.”
The move has sparked a mixed response among businesses in the town.
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Jay Sahota, owner of Lyng Pharmacy on Lyng Lane, said he could see the benefits of the scheme in residential areas but not in those made up mainly of businesses.
“It might affect businesses in terms of people coming into the area, so it could have a knock-on effect on trade.
“It could also mean deliveries become slower,” he added.
Transport bosses were expected to back the scheme this afternoon.
The scheme was initially revealed in February 2011, but a consultation was not carried out until this July. Two objections were received, which included concerns about increased journey times and risk of pollution.