Central London 20mph speed limit comes into force

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Published on 2 March 2020 by Mike Waters

A 20mph speed limit has come into force on central London roads managed by Transport for London (TfL).

A statement by TfL confirmed that the limit would affect 8.9km of roads within the existing Congestion Charge Zone as of today (March 2), “prioritising the part of the capital with a high volume of vulnerable road users including people walking, cycling and riding motorcycles.”

The statement also confirmed that speed cameras in the area will be recalibrated and that a new speed enforcement team from the Metropolitan Police will target “dangerous, careless and illegal driving across London's roads” from April 2020.

Commenting, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I am absolutely determined to do everything I can to eradicate all deaths and serious injuries on London's roads and these new measures are a vital step along the way to helping us to achieve this.”

However, it remains to be seen if this new limit will have any practical impact on public safety and if it has already been made redundant by the reality of the capital’s roads. As the BMF has previously reported, a report by TfL in 2017/2018 found that the average speed of traffic from 7am-7pm across central London was already a mere 7.4mph.

Despite this, TfL has also committed to reducing speed limits “more widely across the capital” as part of its Vision Zero commitment “to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from the transport network by 2041.”

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