Speed limits on London's main roads to be cut to 20mph to save lives
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has approved the reduction in speed limits on all Transport for London roads within the Congestion Charge Zone after the proposals were backed in a public consultation.
The lower speed limit will be implemeted by early 2020 and will be supported by new 20mph signage and road markings. Raised pedestrian crossings will also be put in place in seven locations where a high number of people walk, including outside the Tate Britain and near Embankment. TfL will recalibrate all speed cameras in central London and use mobile speed cameras to ensure that drivers are complying with the new lower speed limit.
A 20mph limit will also be introduced at the Aldgate gyratory, on the edge of the Congestion Charge zone, and in Tooley Street, beside London Bridge Station.
TfL says it aims to complete the work overnight to minimise the impact on road users and will close single lanes to avoid the need to fully close roads.
Figures from the last three years showed 131 people were killed in speed-related collisions on London's streets. A further 2,256 people were reported as seriously injured in accidents where speed was recorded as a contributory factor. It is hoped cutting speeds from 30mph to 20mph will significantly reduce the likelihood and severity of any further collisions and prevent more fatalities. People walking are particularly vulnerable to speeding vehicles and 52 pedestrians have already died this year, compared to 56 in the whole of 2018.
Mayor 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 London, we will help protect more people walking and cycling across our city."