A consultation has been launched regarding plans to introduce lower speed limits on Transport for London (TfL) roads in the Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ).
The idea of reducing speed limits, which will be introduced in the CCZ by May 2020, forms a key part of the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero commitment to eradicate deaths and serious injuries caused by collisions on the streets of the capital.
Speeding vehicles are a major scourge on road safety in London; according to figures, 37% of collisions in which a person dies or is seriously injured were caused by a vehicle travelling too fast.
It is vital if vulnerable road users are to be protected in London; speed limits of 20mph will be introduced on almost 9km of roads, as long as some areas on the boundary of the CCZ.
By lowering speed limits from 30mph to 20mph, it significantly reduces the risk of death or serious injury, because if somebody is walking at 20mph, they are five times less likely to be killed than if they are struck at 30mph.
It all feeds into the Mayor and TfL’s Vision Zero Action Plan, which is complemented by the Bus Safety Standard and the Direct Vision Standard, the latter two making buses and HGVs safer.
Stuart Reid, Interim Director of Vision Zero at TfL, commented: “Lower speeds save lives. That’s why we plan to reduce speed limits in central London, where hundreds of thousands of people are walking and cycling each day.
“Many of London’s boroughs are already leading the way on safer speed limits and introducing 20mph in central London will deliver consistently safer roads regardless of which road authority is responsible for them.
“The bold actions outlined in the Mayor’s Vision Zero Plan will set London on the path to eliminating death and serious injuries on our transport network by 2041.”
Lower speeds also make the streets of London less polluted, serving another important purpose.
The consultation is open until 10 July.