More than half of London’s roads and a third of the country now have 20mph speed limits
Millions of drivers in London are facing lower speed limits after more than half of the roads in the capital’s built-up areas were reduced to 20mph.
More than 50 per cent of the capital’s roads are now restricted to 20mph and a third of local authorities have also rolled out the measures to stop motorists exceeding the speed limit.
The move comes after the Welsh government announced that it would be trialling eight pilot schemes in built-up areas with a 20mph limit before adopting the new speed limit measure by 2023.
Calls are now being made to extend the 20mph speed limit across the country in an effort to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on the UK’s roads.
More than 50 per cent of the capital’s roads are now restricted to 20mph and a third of local authorities have also rolled out the new speed limit on built-up areas
Director of TRL, Richard Cuerden, told The Sunday Times: ‘Current guidance and regulation around 30mph default roads is completely out of date: we need to be thinking about 20mph.
‘Until recently we talked about traffic accidents and accepted that people were killed or injured on our roads as a consequence of going about their daily life. It is not acceptable to us any more.’
In May, Cornwall and Cambridgeshire voted to expand its 20mph schemes and in 2015 Bristol also piloted 20mph limits in two areas.
And in 2020 Birmingham City Council said it wanted to introduce 20mph limit on 90 per cent of the city’s streets.
It came as a survey by the campaign group 20’s Plenty For Us said 70 per cent of people ‘want to live in lower speed places which are safer, quieter, less stressful and cleaner’ and called for the law to be changed to ‘normalise 20mph’.
Rod King MBE, founder and campaign Director for 20’s Plenty for Us said: ‘Normalising 20mph/30kmh means fewer casualties, is cost-effective and overwhelmingly popular.
‘Global goals are supported by backing 20mph/30kmh as the urban norm by changing laws.
‘In a world grappling with huge issues like climate change and Covid-19 recovery, speed reductions are affordable, effective ways to make a better word now and for the future.’
A survey by the campaign group 20’s Plenty For Us said 70 per cent of people ‘want to live in lower speed places which are safer, quieter, less stressful and cleaner’
In 2019, Transport for London announced it wanted to roll out lower speed limits on the majority of roads inside the capital’s congestion zone.