Wandsworth Council will soon be asking residents of the borough if they support a borough-wide 20mph limit on most residential streets in Wandsworth.
Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said: “I have always been a strong supporter of the introduction of 20mph zones in areas where residents requested them. But as more and more wards voted in favour of 20mph zones, it has become clear that the borough is now a patchwork of different zones making enforcement difficult and sometimes leaving residents unsure of what speed they should be doing. So, I welcome the Council’s decision to back the idea, originally proposed by Labour Councillors, of implementing a borough-wide 20mph limit”.
If residents support the proposals, it would mean the implementation of a 20mph limit in most residential streets in the borough. The 20mph limit would not be imposed on main roads or on bus routes.
Sadiq Khan said “slower speeds on our borough’s roads would reduce the risk of road casualties, reduce noise and positively impact air quality”. He added: “it would also send a clear message to all drivers, and indeed enforcement agencies, that in Wandsworth cars must slow down”.
Sadiq Khan added “to ensure speed limits are respected, introducing “zones”, with speed calming measures such as humps, is the most effective way of slowing cars down, but introducing a lower speed limit, whilst not as effective as “zones”, is a step closer to safer streets”.
Research suggests that 20mph zones in London reduced injury accidents by about 42% and fatal or serious accidents by 53%. To put it another way, a pedestrian involved in a collision with a car travelling at 30mph is five times more likely to be killed as a result than a pedestrian struck by a car travelling at 20mph.
Residents will soon receive consultation documents from the Council.
Sadiq Khan said: “I would encourage all residents to respond to the Council’s consultation and make sure their views count”.
To find out more about the proposals, you can visit the Council’s website, here.