Labour Councillors have called on Westminster City Council to follow Transport for London’s lead and introduce 20mph trials on residential streets to reduce the number of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists killed or seriously injured by 40 per cent by 2020.
The move builds on 20mph zones in residential areas in Camden, Islington and the City of London. In addition, both Tower Hamlets and Hackney are planning to become 20mph boroughs.
Labour Councillors say that residents in a number of Westminster’s residential streets have already urged the Council to introduce a 20mph speed limit and traffic calming measures and the following streets should be the subject of immediate 20mph speed limit trials:
• Marne Street and Nutbourne Street, Queen’s Park
• Saltram Crescent/Fernhead Road area
• Elgin Avenue (where there were 33 accidents, including one fatality, in 36 months)
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group said;
“The TfL initiative is a very welcome step forward and should be followed in Westminster as a matter of urgency in order to reduce accidents and increase road safety. Westminster Council cannot continue to avoid listening to local residents on this important issue. Action needs to be taken to reduce road casualties and immediate 20mph speed trials need to be established in areas of Westminster where residents have petitioned for action, without further delay”.