Council welcomes proposals for lower speeds on some of the borough’s busiest roads

Published: Friday, March 24, 2023

  • Lower speeds play critical role in Mayor's Vision Zero plan to eliminate deaths and serious injury on London’s roads
  • People hit by a vehicle at 20mph around five times less likely to be killed than at 30mph
  • Decision to lower speeds on red routes welcomed by Clare Fraser

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Clare Fraser, Wandsworth’s Cabinet Member for Transport  has welcomed moves by Transport for London (TfL) to introduce a 20mph speed limit on some of the borough’s busiest roads.

Earlier this week TfL announced it was planning to lower the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph on major roads across the capital including the A24 and A214. This would mean safer speed limits in Tooting Bec Road and also Clapham Common Southside, Balham High Road, Tooting High Street and the Upper Tooting Road.

The changes could come into effect from September this year.

Councillor Fraser said: “Lowering vehicle speeds and making the borough’s roads safer for all road users, especially pedestrians and cyclists, is a key priority for the council.

“We fully support the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero ambition to improve road safety, enable more people to use healthier and more sustainable forms of travel and improve our air quality.”

Will Norman, London's Walking & Cycling Commissioner, added: “The facts are clear, a person hit by a vehicle at 20mph is five times less likely to be killed than at 30mph. We are determined to build a safer, greener London for everyone and the continued expansion of the 20mph programme on TfL roads is playing a vital role in making the capital’s roads safer for people to walk, cycle and use public transport.”