Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has approved a reduction in speed limits on 5.5 miles of 30mph roads within the congestion charge zone in central London. The Speed limits on main roads which is to be cut to 20mph came about in a public consultation. It’s purpose is to tackle an increase in fatalities.
The new limits will come into force by May 2020 on roads including Victoria Embankment, Albert Embankment, Millbank, Blackfriars Road, Upper and Lower Thames Street, Lambeth bridge and Lambeth Palace Road.
Speed cameras will be recalibrated and drivers who breach the limit face a minimum £100 fine and three penalty points. The revenue will go to the Government, not City Hall.
A 20mph limit will be introduced at the Aldgate gyratory, on the edge of the C-charge zone, and in Tooley Street, beside London Bridge station, at the same time.
A second phase will see TfL bid to cut speeds from 50mph to 40mph, or from 40mph to 30mph, on the Inner Ring Road, “high risk” roads and in suburban town centres by 2024. Commercial Street and Whitechapel Road will be prioritised.
Many borough roads in central London are already 20mph. The changes will mean that 39 per cent of London streets will be 20mph. A total of 52 pedestrians have died this year in road collisions, compared with 56 for the whole of 2018.
A pedestrian hit at 30mph is up to five times more likely to die than at 20mph. Mr Khan said: “We will help protect more people walking and cycling across our city.” Almost 160,000 speeding offences are recorded each year in London.
Research for TfL found the 20mph limit would have little impact on journey times during the day but might cause a “slight increase” at night. It is not expected to worsen pollution.
Almost 2,000 responses were received by TfL during its consultation Responses were mixed but indicated a general belief that the proposals would encourage more walking, cycling and use of public transport and discourage car use.
Figures from 2016, 2017 and 2018 suggest 128 people were killed in speed-related collisions in London. A further 2,256 people were seriously injured in collisions where speed was a factor.