Ealing Council has agreed to the introduction of a new urban speed limit policy which would establish a 20mph speed limit in residential areas and town centres.
The move will make Ealing the first borough in West London to have a borough-wide 20mph speed limit, which would also be one of the largest area-wide zones in London.
The council will now undertake a public consultation on the introduction of a trial scheme in the Acton area. Subject to its success, the 20mph limit will be introduced in the rest of the borough.
The council says the new 20mph limit will address traffic speed concerns raised in a residents’ survey.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz said: “We already have 20mph zones or limits in 37% of roads in Ealing and reducing speeds across the borough will bring many benefits, such as enhancing road safety and improving the health and quality of life for our residents. Studies have shown that a borough wide speed reduction could prevent approximately 60 casualties each year.
“We want our roads to be among the safest in London and actively encourage residents and visitors not only to reduce their speed, but also to get out of their cars and walk or cycle in our borough.”
The public consultation will take place later this year and, subject to the outcome, the trial in Acton is expected to start in the summer of 2016 and run for a year. A successful trial and review will see the speed limit expanded to residential areas and town centres across the borough by spring 2019.