Work starts on introducing borough-wide 20mph speed limit
Published: Friday 17th March 17
Work is now underway to introduce a borough-wide 20mph speed limit throughout residential areas in Wandsworth.
Council engineers are overseeing the introduction of new road markings and signage to inform drivers that they need to stick to the lower speed limit on all the borough’s residential streets.
The change, which was announced last year, followed a detailed public consultation lasting three months that saw widespread support for a 20mph limit.
Councillors from both parties represented on the council unanimously backed the change after it was announced that 59 per cent of residents who responded to the consultation supported lower speeds in quieter and less busy residential streets.
Limits will remain unchanged on Wandsworth’s busy main roads and on all Transport for London-controlled Red Routes. Results from the consultation showed that 64 per cent agreed the limit should not be reduced on main roads.
The council’s transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “Having received a very clear result from the consultation we have now completed the necessary legal formalities and can now implement the wishes expressed by the majority of our residents.
“In my view this change will make our streets safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
“We hope that improving safety levels will encourage people to leave their cars at home and travel instead by bike or on foot.
“If we can reduce the number of vehicles on our roads then not only will our streets be quieter and safer but there should also be an improvement in local air quality levels.”
Implementing a borough-wide 20mph limit is costing £725,000 and is being funded by a Transport for London grant.
This will pay mainly for appropriate signage and road markings to inform drivers of the lower limit. There are no plans to introduce additional speed humps or “sleeping policeman” anywhere in the borough.
Enforcement of the new limit will be carried out by the police, with the council working in support of their efforts.
The council has also pioneered the introduction of Community Speed Watch initiatives in which community leaders, crime prevention panel members and neighbourhood watch co-ordinators also take part in enforcement exercises.
Involving local communities in helping to enforce lower limits and educate drivers about the dangers of excessive speeds is now being rolled out by the Met across London.
Any revenue generated by speed fines goes direct to HM Treasury not the town hall.
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