Don’t miss your chance to comment on borough-wide 20mph idea

Published: Friday 18th March 16

People in Wandsworth are being reminded they can comment on proposals that could result in lower speed limits being put in place across the borough.

The council is currently asking local people whether or not they support the introduction of 20mph speed limits in almost all residential parts of the borough. 

20mph consultation is underway

The changes would apply only to quieter residential streets – and not to main arterial roads or the borough’s Transport for London-controlled network of Red Routes.

To find out more about the proposal and to take part in the consultation people should visit the council’s website which has more information about the proposal and maps showing where the new limits would apply.

A paper copy of the survey questionnaire is available by writing to Issac Kwakye, Engineering and Highways, Frogmore Complex, Dormay Street, SW18 1EY.

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Recent comments

Loxley Road SW 3ll.. existing mph.. observe morning rush hour cars, vans trucks belting down from Ellerton Road into Loxley attempting to join Trinity Road= madness plus cyclist.. hooting & tooting- ..
Nick low

12 May 2016

its a wee bit ridiculous to have a speed limit of 30 mph in Loxley Road - cars parked on both sides of the street- no pavement parking 20 mph would be sensible
n low

3 May 2016

I would like to see 20mph put in place in and around Floreat school on Garret Lane, as well as a new zebra or pedestrian crossing put in here. There are no signs indicating that there is a school here and I am very worried that children (including mine) will run out onto the road where there is very fast traffic. I think the provision of a crossing and extra signage was part of the 'deal' with the council when the school was built last year - if so, the council needs to fulfil its' promises as soon as possible. Thanks.
Mrs Victoria Bentley

1 May 2016

I do not support a blanket 20mph speed limit for residential roads. I think this is a blunt tool and not good council business. The roads are already quiet and the implementation of this is not required as we do not have problem in roads of excess speed. In addition there would be a cost to the council to introduce and not enforceable as not the priority our police force should be focuses on.
Caroline

24 April 2016

We have major issues on Wimbledon Park Road ( near Southfields library towards the station ), with buses and traffic speeding. I support the 20 mph limit and removal of speed bumps !
Kas

22 April 2016

I support this particularly around Floreat Wandsworth school
Sarah Greig

21 April 2016

There is an urgent need for a 20 mph restriction on the area of Garratt Lane surrounding Floreat Wandsworth. From September 2016 there will be over 150 pupils at the school all 6 years and under. Surely a 20 mph ltd is needed in this area? It should be a standard law around any school?
Caroline libby

20 April 2016

I definitely support a 20mph speed limit, it works in other places - check out Oxford. People tend to use side roads as rat runs, going way to fast. Children are especially at risk of being mown down as they pop out between parked vehicles.
Sheila Brazil

18 April 2016

More highway robbery. Dressed up in fine words but we all know that after an initial phase, the signage becomes wholly inadequate and downright misleading...like bus lanes, like parking. Road users will be left guessing whether or not they are in a 20 mph area. Also it seems that that chicanes, speed bumps and such-like causes of accidents will remain. Responsible drivers already adjust their speed appropriate to road conditions; irresponsible ones will disregard the regulations in any case. Promoting "Care, courtesy and consideration" will do more to save lives on the roads than a plethora of laws that create as many problems as they solve.
Ernest Clarke

17 April 2016

Ridiculous and also impossible to enforce. Just leave things as they are. I don't want anything that adds more of those infuriating speed bumps to our roads that cause to much damage to cars' suspensions.
Paul Martin

17 April 2016

Makes absolute sense on residential streets. Main/arterial roads should remain as-is, just as your proposal suggests.
T West

16 April 2016

I support the 20mile lint in all residential parts of Wandsworth
Luigi Varone

16 April 2016

I would fully support this proposal if it were near schools and hospitals, but its implementation I believe has already been given the green light, please lets be democratic and practical, When we go to vote on the E.U add a supplementary question "Do you agree to a 20 M.P.H Tick yes or no. Lambeth has already decided it will be a twenty M.P.H. So come on W.B.C. let the voters decide.
John

16 April 2016

I don't consider 20mph necessary but the 30mph should be properly enforced. It should not be used to raise money for the council by fines.
Mrs Wallace

15 April 2016

Please introduce the 20 mph speed limit on roads off Garrett lane near Floreat & a zebra crossing outside the school main entrance. Thank you
Rebecca Barnett

15 April 2016

Very much against yet another opportunity for money making on the roads. I cycle, use a motorbike and occasionally a car but I think 20mph is unrealistic and likely to involve criminalising large swaths of the population
Sharon Bierer

15 April 2016

Nothing short of ridiculous, motorists pay to use these roads and have done for decades. Fully understand and support limits outside schools , housing estates etc.
Ian Prodrick

15 April 2016

1. Broadly in favour, but it needs to be enforced.
M Johnston

15 April 2016

No such further speed limit required. If the resources exist to enforce such a speed limit, then action can be taken against driving "without due care and attention", regardless of speed limit.
Harry

15 April 2016

Please do implement and enforce. Can we find a way to do it without lots of signs on streets with 20 on one side and 30 on the other as has happened near Old York Road please. I was disappointed not to see cycling as a transport option on the survey.
Rob

15 April 2016

My only thought on this is don't be daft.
Jennifer Cokayne

15 April 2016

20 mph is too slow for many of the better roads. We have road humps and enough other obstructions already. Leave it as it is
Ross tulloch

15 April 2016

Traffic flow has to be eased for the 20MPH limit to work. Unnesessary traffic lights need to be removed, more mini roundabouts and zebra crossings need to be installed. automated/timed 4 way traffic light halts need to be removed. Parents need to stop busing their kids to school. Drivers need retesting after 20 years. Lorrys must only be allowed on prescribed roads. 20MPH? Not now, not ever
Julian

12 April 2016

Slowing cars down increases pollution, not reduces it. The problem is traffic flow. Stop cars at the lights needlessly and watch the pollution increase even more. 20MPH limit is meaningless. I oppose it completely. jump on another bandwagon why don't you! Massive 4x4s, you have a point. Lorrys using small roads as short cuts, you have a point. drivers not being able to judge distance, you have a point, mums taking kids to school in cars, you have a point 20MPH, there is not point and even more so on arterial roads such as the A3
Julian

12 April 2016

This proposal is very sensible. Residential roads often have children running out on to roads, pets and car doors opening. If drivers are travelling at 20mph or less they will be able to stop quicker and avoid hazards in the road. The council should be bolder and accelerate the introduction of electric car charge points and encourage more residents to switch from petrol and diesel cars to electric cars perhaps with discounted council tax.
Ben Cook

10 April 2016

The principle is fine however I live in a 20 zone that has; a)suffered the implementation that has cluttered the street at great cost and b) has today and everyday many young mothers in 4x4 exceeding the limit (4x4 leaping the humps) and sports cars accelerating hard between the humps. The area has never ever been policed for speeding, their are no 20signs on the Tarmac. So this is an expensive judicial failure that is politically correct but a practical failure in reality.
Steve Burton

8 April 2016

YES PLEASE - we need 20 mph to slow down the crazy drivers out there
Anita Jackson

8 April 2016

Traffic calming measure don't work as car speed up between them and Certainly don't calm traffic. Complete waste of tax payers money. It would be better to have average speed cameras. The fines would soon pay for them and would work. Especially near schools where near misses from speeding car are frequent.
Beverly john Brewer

6 April 2016

Knee jerk reaction. Put more speed cameras on for instance, Balham High Road and Trinity Road which would actually produce a result. Otherwise you'll just increase the bad temper/driving of certain drivers and how can a blanket 20mph be policed anyway?
georgina

29 March 2016

Excellent idea but it has to be properly enforced, and just as importantly, adequately signed. Our road went to a 20mph limit a few months ago & there has been no change in driving behaviour as the signage is so minimal as you enter the road. Being a straight road & following one with speed humps it has always been a race track to Putney High St. - nothing has changed.
Jonathan

29 March 2016

Yes please ..... help reduce pollution
Malcolm Brereton

28 March 2016

The roads deemed as quiet are so congested wth traffic due to the double sided parked cars..20 miles per hour is the norm anyway. However, on the main thoroughfares it would be great as people have a real chance to speed and frequently do. I live on Bolingbroke grove and it is extremely dangerous crossing over. This new law is a waste of your time as it will be ignored anyway..
Paula atkins

26 March 2016

Good idea
Hh Boross

26 March 2016

Great idea, I'm all in favour!
Robert Perkins

24 March 2016

Do not want 20 mph limits in Wandsworth
Mrs O. Leong-Scanlan

24 March 2016

Better to be hit by a vehicle traveling at 20 mph than 30 mph. If the 20mph limit could be enforced even better.
Raywillsher

24 March 2016

We do not need this inconvenient borough-wide speed limit. It is classic nanny-state overkill. Please spend your time doing something positive for the community. Restrictions need to be extremely well justified and this is simply not.
Richard Zambuni

24 March 2016

Journeys across a residential area are by nature short ones and whether the limit is 30 or 20 makes minimal difference to journey times. There is a strong correlation between speed and accident rate. Looks like the weight of argument is on the side of a 20 mph limit. Fully supported!
Richard

24 March 2016

100% support for this. Some objectors argue that it is unenforceable and that they already have too many things to worry about at 30mph... if the later is the case they shouldn't be driving at all. I concur that clear enforcement rules need to be in place and this must be backed up. Having lived on a 20mph road in Wandsworth with speed bumps (that is only 150 metres long), i know that there are many rogues out there who have little respect for public safety. It is only through broader adoption of this legislation that we will bring speed down and save lives in residential areas. It works well in Southwark, and will in Wandsworth. I would also like to see cyclists and motorcyclists held to a similar standard.
Ian

24 March 2016

Reducing speed to 20mph will not cause additional emissions, it is what calming measures you use that will be the factor. There has been two interesting studies on this subject by "Newman and Kenworthy" and recently by "Virginia Tech". Slower and calmer driving reduces rapid acceleration/de-acceleration fewer gear changes, less braking, less idle time all which have an affect on air pollution. But I agree how do you police this when we are not even policing the 30mph speed limit.
Mark

22 March 2016

Don't do it. It wastes fuel and increases pollution. The roads are congested enough and mean speeds are below 20 MPH anyway. A blanket 20 MPH is not justified on any grounds. Moreover, as a car driver I spend too much time watching speed so that I don't get caught exceeding the limit and not enough time watching the road. A 20 MPH limit is positively dangerous.
Robert Stovell

21 March 2016

Besides the increase in pollution driving in lower gears and fuel wastage at 20MPH (Much as humps) There also will be extra danger to cyclists who may travel at around 20MPH themselves but a vehicle travelling at similar speed trying to overtake will take much much longer and therefore expose the cyclist to greater potential danger longer during this and may have to face obstacles e.g. Drainage grills etc that he has no room to manouvre around.
Melvyn Simonson

21 March 2016

Besides the increase in pollution driving in lower gears and fuel wastage at 20MPH (Much as humps) there will be extra danger to cyclists who may travel at around 20MPH themselves but a vehicle travelling at similar speed trying to overtake will take much much longer and therefore expose the cyclist to greater potential danger longer during this and may have to face obstacles e.g. Drainage grills etc that he has no room to manouvre around.
Melvyn Simonson

21 March 2016

I propose to ban cycling on public roads in Wandsworth. It is truly absurd that someone is allowed to use the road without being required to formally validate ability to do it safely.
Richard Again

20 March 2016

There would be less accidents if people could stop staring at their iPhones while crossing the road.
Richard

20 March 2016

I think it is an ecellent idea and might straighten out some of the anomolies. I live at the bottom of Alton Road and have for years noticed a number of absurdities such as the fact that Alton Road is 20 mph but Breamor Close which is about 50 yards long with four houses on it and a cul de sac is 30mph!! Twenty is plenty in my opinion
Tom Frank

20 March 2016

I think 20mp is a great idea especially where I live in Waldron Rd. It is used as a cut through to avoid Burntwood Lane lights & driving really fast. It is a danger for the pupils in the school opposite and young Children & the elderly who live in Waldron Rd. We also need all day parking not 1 hour a day. This would enable paying residents to park and not non residents to park for free as is always the case.
A.Kleinschmidt

19 March 2016

We think that it is a very good scheme but how is it to inforced. We live on the Shaftefbury Park Estate & we still have drivers speeding around the estate, even past the school when the children are going to or leaven the school.
L.E.A. Fuller

19 March 2016

I m a nurse , a father of three cycling teenagers and a driver .an enforced twenty on residential roads is imperative to keep London safe for pedestrian s and cyclists so encouraging more people to move under their own steam and relieving pressure on public transport
patrick shaw

19 March 2016

As others have said, it is completely unenforceable - unless you have an army of operatives sitting at screens showing police state style cameras all over the borough. The speeders are the rat-runners - we all know the streets which are the rat-runs, I live in one, but you do nothing about it. Given the narrowness of many residential streets here, and the congestion on the main streets, a normal driver is unlikely to get close to 30 anyway. Attend to the rat-runners and you will have solved the problem.
Richard

19 March 2016

Stop all the non stop building in Wandsworth and then there will not be so many cars in the borough. Teach pedestrians to use the 'Highway Code' and then accidents shouldn't happen. Lucky to do 10 mph in Wandsworth - all the humps and bumps - temporary sets of traffic lights put up by construction companies like Barratts - causing congestion and poor air quality.
Liz D

19 March 2016

This is disappointing. The 20mph speed limit has no real benefit. It is largely unenforceable and only serves to promote a need for obstacles and cameras. Where it has a use, outside schools for example, it is already in place. What is required now is a focus on getting the traffic flowing and reducing pollution. Stationary traffic and stop-start traffic causes appalling pollution and efforts would be far better placed to address this issue. Please do not introduce a purposeless borough wide speed restriction. Please demonstrate that you have a real intention to resolve the important issues regarding the traffic, health and safety in our borough. Thank you.
Charlie Dilks

19 March 2016

Quite agree that the residential roads should be 20mph. Would like East Hill to be slower too!
Jocelyn Edmondstone

19 March 2016

In principle an excellent idea but completetley unenforceable. Until a driver seriously injures someone, or worse, they will not abide by common sense or the Highway Code, which, incidentally they declared they would learn when they sighed their licence. (The majority of car drivers would fail their HC theory today). Spend the money on solid calming cushions instead. Enforce that all road users have to retake their theory test every five years! All cyclist must have the new "cycle" projecting light and must pass a HC theory test. No centre white line as per Clapham Road. There are many other good ideas, 20 mph is not necessarily the right answer.
Christian Duffell

19 March 2016

No thanks - Garratt Lane and Trinity Road are 2 of the most congested roads in London - a reduction in the speed limit would make things much worse. The question of what is a "quieter residential street" is not an acceptable definition - the whole issueis best addressed by consulting residents on a street by street basis.
Nicholas Sean Barrett

19 March 2016

I strongly object to a 20 mph speed limit across the borough. My road (Eland) is used as a rat run for motorists avoiding lights and slow moving traffic. It has a 20 mph speed limit ignored by all who drive at accelerated speeds up and down the road. A borough wide 20 mph limit would cause more motorist frustration and bad temper, increasing the use of escape routes via smaller side roads, thus creating an ideal scenario for an accident.
E Millar

19 March 2016

I support this proposal.
David Firn

18 March 2016

No thanks, it's fine as it is , there's too many regulations as it is and let's get rid of a few cameras while we're at it ...
Martin glover

18 March 2016

I support this completely. I think you'll find that all families with younger children will, with those in different circumstances less likely.
B Galvin

18 March 2016

Driving carefully is more i portant than reducing speed . 20mph on narrow roads with lots of parked cars is fine. But on wider road when it is safe to go at 30mph get people frustrated which leads to bad driving practices.
Michael Rous

18 March 2016

I'll thought out idea! Most importantly cars CANNOT drive at 20mph in top gear some not even 3rd so will just create more pollution and kill more people. Suggest u try and drive at 20mph!!!!! What is purpose of 20mph then!!!
Melvyn Simonson

18 March 2016

I'm in favour of a 20mph limit in residential streets.
Graeme Henderson

18 March 2016

I STRONGLY OBJECT TO A BLAMKET SPEED LIMIT BEING IMPOSED ON ALL RESIDENTIAL ROADS IN PUTNEY. THIS SPEED LIMIT WILL BE IGNORED BY 95% OF ALL ROAD USERS AND AS A RESULT WILL NOT ENHANCE SAFETY. IT WILL CREATED IMPATIENCE BY DRIVERS AND SLOW THE ALREADY SLOW PACE OF JOURNEY'S. HOWEVER I THINK IT SHOULD BE INTRODUCED SELECTIVELY NEAR ALL SCHOOLS.
james smith

18 March 2016

Although I agree with a 20mph limit around schools I do not agree with a lower limit on main roads as Lambeth have done on the Wandsworth Road and other major throughfares saying it reduces pollution is a nonsense, as covering a distance at 30 or stay at the same distance slower at 20 is as broad as it is long, as for safety I agree hitting a pedestrian at 20 they have a better survival rate, but stopping twits walking under your wheels whilst listening to music or using their phones is not going to stop, a nitwit Walker or cyclist will always be a nitwit.
David Tennant

18 March 2016

I love the idea and pray it continues throughout London. However when policing speeding in 30mph areas is virtually nonexistent, how are we going to police the backstreet 20mph?
Spencer Suckling

18 March 2016

I love the idea and pray it continues throughout London. However when policing speeding in 30mph areas is virtually nonexistent, how are we going to police the backstreet 20mph?
Spencer Suckling

18 March 2016

Forget about 20mph, that's how far we will all be driving now the council has given the go ahead to its ridiculous Wandsworth High Street scheme. I think I will take a leaf out of the council's book and go to court over it, or appeal to the Mayor of London, or get a neighbouring council to complain about it... Clogging up the inner ring road of London will impact almost all Londoners and given the council doesn't care about any other Londoners when it comes to Heathrow, I can see how they reached their view. With c. 300 negative responses, it is surprising that the only change to the application is making a small road a dead end and adding more residents parking...
Tim

18 March 2016

There has been a 20mph speed limit in Broomwood road where I live for years and it makes absolutely no difference to the speed of vehicles. Unless the Council introduces speed cameras to back this up motorist will ignore it.
Suzanne Foster

18 March 2016

A good idea in principle, however how is the limit going to be policed? Broomwood Road, SW11 has been 20mph road for a number of years and traffic using the road are often seen going well over 20mph and straddling the speed humps, thus effectively driving down the middle of the road. Which in itself is dangerous.
G Bee

18 March 2016

The quiet roads already have speed bumps and 20mph. I am against any more roads being changed to 20mph. London traffic is already so bad and congested that having to go at 20mph on an emprier road is just too slow.
Priska von STIEGLITZ

18 March 2016

Many of the proposed roads have traffic calming measures in place already making even 20mph difficult. I would like to know how would the proposed measure be monitored and policed. I can not see how that will be possible. Of far greater concern is stopping traffic, particularly motor cyclists, speeding dangerously on Red Routes and main roads. Additionally how are we going to stop cyclists jumping red traffic lights, crossing pedestrian crossings when lights are on or pedestrians on it, stopping them riding on the pavement. I see blatant examples of such transgressions of the law everyday.
Michael

18 March 2016

Excellent idea for Balham Park Road. Much used as a cut through road.
Carol Fox

18 March 2016

It's really too slow for some of the areas and doesn't allow for traffic flow. There is also more of a danger to pedestrians since only few cars adhere (since often unreasonably slow) and hence hard to gauge the speed at which the car is coming towards the area you are wanting to cross.
Elaine

18 March 2016

Totally agree. I have already complained about speeding drivers on Pentlow Street, even after the introduction of the 20mph signs on our street. The signs need to be more prominent , especially considering another new schools is due to open nearby and proximity to 3 others existing schools. Some drivers will continue to ignore these new limits in their precious cars. Therefor speed calming measures need to be put in place on roads such as ours.
Hamid Hazrati

18 March 2016

The existing 20 mph limit I think is a useful reminder in residential roads to the sensible driver. I am in favour of extending it to other residential localities.
Mervyn Saunders

18 March 2016

I believe things should remain as they are. Leave to discretion of drivers to modify there speed down as circumstances demand
Adrian Bailey

18 March 2016

I've lived in the borough for 18 years and see an increasing number of schemes such as. I think in theory it's a good idea. There is a 20mph scheme where I live. But will it realistically be enforced? If I was to ask how many fines had been given out in my area for breaking the 29moh limit I suspect it'd be 0 or v close to 0. These schemes are good but if not enforced then, like cycling on the pavement, those who would break the rules gain encouragement from the lack of enforcement and this slowly but surely leads to ever increasing law breaking. So let's do it but only if someone is going to enforce it properly (for example the parking regulations are quite well enforced and consequently are largely respected).
Charlie LT resident of Southfields

18 March 2016

I've lived in the borough for 18 years and see an increasing number of schemes such as. I think in theory it's a good idea. There is a 20mph scheme where I live. But will it realistically be enforced? If I was to ask how many fines had been given out in my area for breaking the 29moh limit I suspect it'd be 0 or v close to 0. These schemes are good but if not enforced then, like cycling on the pavement, those who would break the rules gain encouragement from the lack of enforcement and this slowly but surely leads to ever increasing law breaking. So let's do it but only if someone is going to enforce it properly (for example the parking regulations are quite well enforced and consequently are largely respected).
Charlie LT resident of Southfields

18 March 2016

Very good idea but somebody must enforce this speed limit, not a lot of people comply with it, especially parents delivering children to local schools.
r wilkinson

18 March 2016

I fear this will be another revenue booster from speeding fines. However, as we know comments are always ignored, for example, formula E which was voted against but still going ahead I am sure the council have already made their minds up to increase their revenue by making Wandsworth 20 mph
fiona

18 March 2016

I agree with the proposal. I would like to know how it would be enforced My experience of existing 20mph zones is that motorist ignore them
edward mcmahon

18 March 2016

Very, very welcome on Clarendon Drive.
Susie King

18 March 2016