Transport for London (TfL) has outlined eight new sites for potential 20mph speed limits.
The first confirmed pilot location will be Commercial Street in Tower Hamlets. This is planned to be introduced in April when all borough roads in Tower Hamlets are made 20mph. Once implemented, the route could then be extended out to cover the wider “Shoreditch Triangle” and sections of the A10, in line with Hackney’s 20mph borough wide aspirations. The remaining seven pilots could then be introduced throughout 2015 and 2016 on a rolling basis and in line with borough wide introductions where possible.
Almost 25% of all London roads are now 20mph and London boroughs such as Islington, Camden and the City of London are leading the way with borough-wide 20mph limits on their roads. Hackney is also seeking to introduce 20mph next year.
TfL will now work closely with relevant boroughs to investigate the potential for 20mph speed limit pilots at the following locations:
- Upper Street and Holloway Road (between Pentonville Road and Seven Sisters Road)
- Westminster Bridge, Stamford Street and Southwark St (between Victoria Embankment and Borough High Street – this trial would also incorporate the previous 20mph trial at Waterloo Roundabout)
- Brixton Town Centre (between St Matthews Road and Stockwell Park Walk)
- Clapham High Street (between Clapham Park Road and Bedford Road, which forms part of Cycle Superhighway 7)
- Earls Court Road and Redcliffe Gardens (between A4 Cromwell Road and Fulham Road)
- Kings Cross Road and Farringdon Road (between Pentonville Road and Charterhouse Road, linking up with the previous 20mph trial along Farringdon St and Blackfriars Bridge)
- Camden Street (between Camden Road and Crowndale Road).
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Lower speeds have the potential to significantly improve road safety while enhancing the environment for walking and cycling. As well as actively supporting and funding the installation of 20mph zones and limits on borough roads across London, we have also been looking at the TfL road network to see where further 20 mph limits could provide significant benefits. These locations will help us to better understand the role that 20 mph limits could play going forward.”