The Government has published new guidelines for local authorities implementing new speed limits in their area.
Road safety minister Steven Hammond said local authorities need to listen to community views and look at the individual area when setting speed limits.
The revised guidelines, which can be used in conjunction with an on-line tool kit, gives information on recent changes, which included more options for councils when applying 20mph limits on roads.
Mr Hammond said the guidelines, which were formulated after an extensive consultation process in 2012, are designed to help local authorities make the best decisions for their area.
Local authorities have access to the on-line tool kit, which is part of the Department of Transport's (DfT) Strategic Framework for Road Safety, to help them calculate the costs of introducing new speed limits.
Mr Hammond, who published the guidelines, said results of the consultation are available on the DfT website at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport.