Transport for London (TfL) has announced it will impose 20mph speed limits on roads it manages across central London in a bid to improve road safety.
Following a positive response to a public consultation, the new speed limit will come into force on all of its roads in the Congestion Charge Zone by early 2020.
The move is a key part of the Mayor’s Vision Zero ambition to eliminate death and serious injury from London’s transport network.
“Every single death on London’s streets is one too many so I’m really pleased that Londoners have backed our plans to introduce a 20mph speed limit on TfL roads within the Congestion Charge Zone and at Aldgate Gyratory,” said Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.
The scheme will be supported by new 20mph signage and road markings, as well as raised pedestrian crossings in seven locations where a high number of people walk, including near Embankment and Tower Hill Tube stations and outside the Tate Britain.
Following public support for the plans, TfL is also accelerating proposals to bring safer speeds to some of the most high-risk areas in outer London where local communities are calling for safer speeds.
Figures from 2016, 2017 and 2018 suggest 131 people were killed in speed-related collisions on London’s streets. A further 2,256 people were reported as seriously injured in collisions where speed was recorded as a contributory factor. TfL says cutting speeds from 30mph to 20mph will significantly reduce the likelihood and severity of collisions.