Introducing 20mph zones in residential areas of Hertfordshire has been made easier.

The county council cut the red tape hindering the implementation of lower speed limits after listening to the results of a public consultation held last year.

The new strategy, implemented with Hertfordshire Constabulary, allows for the introduction of zonal speed limits, currently only available at 40mph, if the idea is supported by the local community.

Councillor Terry Douris, cabinet member for highways, said: “It is clear that people are concerned about speeding traffic and this strategy will provide the framework for putting the appropriate limits in place.”