AN INTERACTIVE map of the Borders shows the impact of the new 20mph limits.

The speed restrictions, introduced in October, are part of a trial under the council's Spaces for People scheme.

Gordon Edgar, Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for infrastructure, transport and travel, said the map shows “some really encouraging data”.

“Since the introduction of the trial, we have seen some really encouraging data in respect of a reduction of speeds across many of our communities where the 20mph trial has been in operation,” said the independent councillor for Selkirkshire.

“I am really pleased to be able to share this initial road traffic data for the first time, giving the public an opportunity to view the overall impact the reduced speed limit has had ahead of the public consultation in May.”

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The map shows the average speed of vehicles before and after the trial commenced.

On Windyknowe Road, in Galashiels, the reduction in speed limit from 30mph to 20mph has seen the average daily speed of drivers fall by 3.5mph – from 25.9mph to 22.4mph.

Meanwhile, on the town's Scott Street, the map shows the daily average speed of drivers has fallen by 2.6mph – 23.5mph to 20.9mph.

Abbotsford Road, also in Galashiels, has seen an average drop of nearly 6mph – 26.9mph to 21mph.

Elsewhere, Innerleithen Road (A72) in Peebles has seen a speed drop of 6.1mph – from 30.2mph down to 24.1mph.

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The trial has seen speeds decrease on Peebles’ Neidpath Road from 27.3mph to 22.7mph.

On South Parks, the average daily speed of drivers has fallen by 1.7mph – 22.6mph to 20.9mph.

The scheme is being evaluated by Napier University, with a public consultation set to take place in May “to gather views on its effectiveness”.

Mr Edgar added: “We are working continuously with Police Scotland to raise awareness of this trial and determine whether any further measures should be put in place.

“By working with Edinburgh Napier University on this project, we are able to get a completely independent evaluation of the trial’s effectiveness, which will be used as a basis to inform any future decisions we take to promote more walking and cycling in our communities.”

To view the map, you can click here.