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London plans blanket 20mph limit to reduce accidents

By Anonymous (not verified) / Updated: 27 Aug 2015
The City of London plans to implement 20mph speed limits on each of its streets, including those managed by Transport for London.
London's Director of built environment, Philip Everett, said the lower limit was necessary because casualty figures have increased in each of the last three years despite an ongoing programme of road safety measures.

“The reason for the increase is that the nature of the usage of the City’s streets is changing,” said Everett. “There has been a dramatic rise in the numbers of cyclists and pedestrians.” Vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists and powered two wheelers) accounted for 93% of the 57 Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI's) recorded in the City last year.

“The situation can therefore only get worse unless we do something different,” said Everett, predicting that Crossrail would increase pedestrian activity and the encouragement of cycling would increase cycle numbers.

“Transport for London has indicated that, in principle, they support the introduction of a 20mph speed limit for all of their streets within the City of London,” he said.

“All boroughs surrounding the City, with the exception of the City of Westminster, have adopted 20mph for all, or most, of their area,” he added.

Camden is consulting on designating all of its streets 20mph; all the streets managed by Islington and Southwark will soon be 20mph; the majority of streets in Hackney are 20; and most streets in the Spitalfields and Whitechapel districts of Tower Hamlets have 20mph limits.

Everett said the City of London Police also supported the introduction of a 20mph limit.

The lower limit is expected to add about one minute to journey times across the City in free-flow conditions at night. The City will ask TfL to alter traffic signal timings to reinforce a maximum 20mph speed between signals. Drivers travelling faster will meet a red light.

Implementation costs are estimated to be £100,000- £150,000 – the City estimates that only about 50 signs and 50 road markings will be necessary.

Source: Local Transport Today - Issue 625
United Kingdom
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