The City of London Corporation has approved a plan to reduce the speed limit to 20mph on all roads, as part of its "Road Danger Reduction Plan" which it believes will reduce casualties by almost 10%.
The move is supported by the Mayor of London, TfL, and the City of London Police. City of London Corporation estimates that it will add only minutes to journey times, while benefitting pedestrians "significantly", and with "minimal impact" on air quality. The Corporation also says the move will further improve cycling safety in the City.
All the surrounding City boroughs, with the exception of Westminster, have already adopted a 20mph limit, which the Corporation says has "been shown to be effective in reducing both the number and severity of collisions".
Mark Boleat, chairman of policy and resources, said: “As an international business hub, the City plays host to a large number of commuters every day. Steps that make it safer for City workers and reduce the number of tragic deaths are to be welcomed.”
Michael Welbank, chairman of the planning & transportation sommittee, said: “The City of London’s street usage has changed dramatically over the last 10 years, with the number of cyclists tripling.
"The Corporation has adopted a Road Danger Reduction Plan containing a wide range of measures. The 20 mph speed limit for the City is not the panacea but a further step in reducing casualties.”
The 20’s Plenty for Us campaign group welcomed the decision and said it "sends a huge message to London and other global centres…by prioritising road safety".
Jeremy Leach, 20’s Plenty for Us London co-ordinator, said: “The City of London joins Paris and Tokyo in recognising that 20mph limits are better for business and health. A quarter of London is now committed to 20mph and other boroughs are watching the City’s decision. More are expected to announce their own borough-wide 20mph limits soon”.
For more info contact Anna Semlyen, 20’s Plenty campaign manager, on 07891 989310.