20's Plenty for London Update - Sep 16

We are delighted at the progress on implementing borough-wide 20mph limits in London. Our September update shows how London is well on its way to becoming a 20mph city.

The latest news on 20mph in London is:
  • As of September 2016, nine London boroughs have 20mph limits on all/almost all of their roads -Islington, Camden, City of London, Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Haringey. Tower Hamlets’ initial 18-month experimental scheme was made permanent by the Cabinet on Tuesday 6th September 2016.
  • TfL now has 20mph limits on the Red Route network (TLRN) in a large number of locations in Central London and has confirmed that trials will be undertaken in the near future at other locations. Southwark St and Stamford St are the latest TLRN roads to go 20mph (June 2016).
  • Five of the central London bridges will become subject to 20mph limits.
  • June 2016 - Croydon voted to support 20mph limits across the second of its five areas. In July 2015 - 20mph limits in the first area in the north of the borough were approved and these were implemented on Monday 5th September 2016.
  • Following the successful consultation in 2015, in March 2016 the Hammersmith & Fulham cabinet agrees to a borough-wide 20mph limit on all residential roads and a large number of main roads across the borough.
  • In January 2016 LB Hounslow confirmed the roll out (over a four year period) of 20mph limits for all residential roads and main roads on which there is significant pedestrian activity and on all roads in the Chiswick area.
  • Wandsworth. Summer 2016 consultation shows 59% in favour a borough-wide 20mph limit on all residential roads.
  • September 2016 - City of Westminster announces trial of 20mph on its street with the details of locations to be confirmed.
  • Ealing announces the introduction of a new urban speed limit policy with a 20mph speed limit in residential areas and town centres (subject to the outcome of consultation). The year-long trial in the Acton area came into force on Monday 5th September 2016.
  • (Autumn 2015) Waltham Forest, rolling out a policy of borough-wide 20mph limits on its residential roads, has a successful consultation in Highams Park, its first area for 20mph limits north of the North Circular.
  • As of the May 2016, almost two-fifths (39%) of all Londoners are living on roads and streets with a 20mph speed limit (3.4 million out of total 2015 population of 8.7 million). In the Inner London boroughs almost two-thirds (64%) of the population is living on 20mph streets and roads (2.0m out of 3.1m population)

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  • Rod King
    commented 2017-05-31 19:12:02 +0100
    Dear James

    Many thanks for your comments. We know from British Social Attitude Surveys that about 70% of people are in favour of 20mph limits for residential roads and busy streets. At the same time about 10% oppose. So I guess you are one of the 10%!

    Yes, roads really are safer, and if you were to replace all the people using bicycles in Westminster with cars then it really would be far more congested.

    And places which provide streets and roads which can be used by all rather than just those in cars are actually more economically successful than those with 20th century ideas of the car being king and used to displace other forms of transport.
  • James Burdass
    commented 2017-05-30 23:02:05 +0100
    You are the people doing more to slow down this nation than anybody else. There is more to this insidious campaign than just limiting speed – this is anti car politics at its worst. The UK managed falling casualties on the roads without slowing down to a crawl – now we can’t go more than 20mph anyway because of the network of suspension breaking humps and speed tables and the jams caused by the cycle lanes all because of this enlightened genius known as Rod King MBE. And I ask you all today, members of 20s plenty, what have you achieved? Are the roads really safer than they would have been, has congestion fallen? Has anything been achieved by 20’s plenty. No! You are wasting your valuable time with this campaign and no, Westminster will never have a borough wide 20mph limit – for the sake of ECONOMIC GROWTH – not the NANNY STATE and some LYCRA LOUT cyclists! 20’s UTTERLY POINTLESS.