Proposals to introduce 20mph speed limits on roads in central London have been approved as part of the Vision Zero commitment.
The decision has been taken following the response to a public consultation earlier this year; TfL will now introduce a speed limit of 20mph on all roads in its Congestion Charge Zone by early next year.
Almost 2,000 people responded to the public consultation, and nearly half of those people said that the plans would have a positive impact on walking, and almost two thirds of respondents thought proposals would lead to more cycling; there were further responses stating that there would be a positive impact on public transport too.
Signage and road markings will support the new 20mph speed limit, as well as raised pedestrian crossings in seven different locations.
All speed cameras will be recalibrated in central London and mobile speed cameras will ensure drivers are complying with the safer speed limit.
It is all part of the Mayor’s commitment – Vision Zero – to eliminate death and serious injury from London’s roads by 2041; the idea is that all “accidents” should not be called accidents, because they can be avoided with due care and attention.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Every single death on London’s streets is one too many so I’m really pleased that Londoners have backed our plans to introduce a 20mph speed limit on TfL roads within the Congestion Charge Zone and at Aldgate Gyratory.
“By also bringing forward plans to lower speed limits in other parts of London, we will help protect more people walking and cycling across our city.”
TfL will work with the capital’s boroughs and the wider public over the next five years to introduce the lower speed limits across the road network, therefore reducing road danger and, ultimately, the number of people being killed and seriously injured in speed-related collisions.