More people will soon be living in 20mph zones
Published: Wednesday 21st October 15
Residents in three parts of the borough are to benefit from lower speed limits in their streets with the introduction of new 20mph zones.
Highways engineers are now busy installing signs and road markings in the new zones and the new 20mph limits are expected to come into effect in the next few days.
The three zones cover the Southfields “Grid” area including Pirbright Road, the “Toastrack” area of Wandsworth Common and Rogers Road in Tooting.
Residents in these areas were all consulted and asked if they wanted lower speed limits introduced in their neighbourhoods. In each case the overwhelming majority of people said yes.
Councillors have always said that wherever there is significant support for a 20mph limit in a particular area they will invite everyone living there to have their say. This has led to many zones being established in the borough.
Recently councillors approved plans for a soon-to-be-held borough-wide consultation asking residents if they supported the idea of 20mph limits in all residential parts of Wandsworth.
Transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “The work to establish these new zones is now well underway and residents in these parts of the borough will soon see lower speed limits in effect in their neighbourhoods.
“We have been assured by the local police commander that his officers will be enforcing the new speed limits, but we are hoping that this will not be necessary and that drivers will pay careful attention to the new limits and just slow down rather than face getting a speeding ticket”
“We have introduced lower speed limits across large areas of Wandsworth and due to the support for them expressed by many local residents we will soon be conducting a much more widespread public consultation to test exactly how much backing there is from the wider community.
“Our firmly held view is that changes like this can only legitimately be decided by the people who would be most directly affected. It would be quite wrong to simply implement a significant change like this without asking local people for their opinion first.”