A full list of all the roads affected by the new 20mph default speed restrictions has been released by Ceredigion County Council.

The new default 20mph speed limit will come into force on September 17 on roads and streets that lead onto and through residential and built-up areas.

Ceredigion has already introduced 20mph speed limits in some key areas including parts of Cardigan, New Quay and Aberystwyth and along stretches of roads which are close to schools.

But the fresh changes will see another 370 locations added to the default lower speed limit.

The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 says that it is not lawful to drive a on a restricted road at more than 30mph. That will be amended to 20mph.

The vast majority of the A44 and A487 trunk roads have been excluded from the new system.

An extensive list of roads affected will be published in this this week's edition of the Tivy-Side Advertiser, which is on sale from Monday evening, September 4.

The legislation to impose the new default speed limit was passed by the Welsh Government in July, however it met with widespread opposition.

Some 300 Ceredigion residents submitted a petition to Ceredigion County Council opposing the move.

Their petition stated: “In a rural area such as Ceredigion reducing the speed to 20mph will not encourage active and sustainable travel, especially when bus services are reducing.

“There is already consistency in the 30mph in most residential areas.

“Ceredigion needs to stand against Welsh Government policies that are designed to have an adverse effect on our rural communities and increase the cost of rural businesses.”

A further 54 objections were received to the plans, along with smaller petitions from individual communities across the county.

The Welsh Government forged ahead with its plans, claiming the default limit will make the roads safer by reducing the likelihood of collisions, injury and death.

Reducing speed will not only save lives but will help build stronger, safer communities, Deputy Climate Change Minister Lee Waters has said.

The change comes after four years of work with local authorities, police and road safety experts to design a change in law, making Wales the first UK nation to reset the default speed limit for local roads.

The Deputy Minister with responsibility for transport said: "Evidence shows that a vehicle travelling at 30mph will still be travelling at 24mph in the time it would take a car travelling 20mph to stop.

"Reducing speed not only saves lives; it will help build stronger, safer communities - better places to live our lives."

First Minister Mark Drakeford added: "Our streets will be quieter, reducing the scourge of noise pollution, and slower speeds also boosts the confidence of people to cycle and walk around their local areas and for children to play outdoors.

"Evidence from around the world is clear – reducing speed limits reduces collisions and saves lives.

"I am confident if we all work together, we can make the necessary changes that will benefit us now and in the future."

A full list of roads affected by the change to 20mph will appear in this week's Tivy-Side Advertiser newspaper.