RESIDENTIAL speed limits in Todmorden and Walsden are set to be reduced to 20mph, councillors have confirmed.

Town hall bosses have voted to introduce the restriction on estates and residential areas across Calderdale in a bid to reduce road deaths and casualties.

Between 2010 and 2012 it has been revealed that the number of children who lost their lives or were seriously hurt was nearly twice the national average in the borough.

The move will bring Todmorden in line with homes in neighbouring Burnley and Bacup, where Lancashire County Council have been rolling out 20mph zones over the past few years.

Coun Simon Young, health inequalities cabinet member, said: “This is a huge issue for residents in every corner of Calderdale.

“People demanded action, we consulted, we listened and we’ve taken real action to address both the problems and perception of speeding traffic through our communities.”

The proposals will be rolled out over the next three years and will be supported by £500,000 from the borough council’s public health funds and another £520,000 from Calderdale’s local transport plan.