A campaign to introduce a 20mph speed limit across Wandsworth will become a reality this week as the roll-out begins across the borough.
Last year, Wandsworth Council finally agreed to consult residents on a proposal – originally put forward by Labour councillors – to introduce a 20mph limit on all residential roads in the borough and 59% of residents supported it.
According to Fleur Anderson, Labour’s speaker on Community services: “This campaign took many years and it wouldn’t have been successful without the support of groups like Living Streets and people across the borough who signed petitions asking for this. Slowing down the borough’s traffic will reduce air pollution and potentially save lives. I’m delighted to finally see the 20mph limit not just in streets here and there but across Wandsworth”.
The roll out of the new borough-wide 20mph limit will begin this week in Bedford, Furzedown, Graveney, and parts of Nightingale and Tooting wards. The last part of the borough to get its new limit will be Roehampton in Putney in May.
Research shows that a pedestrian involved in a collision with a car travelling at 30mph is five times more likely to be killed than a pedestrian hit by a car travelling at 20mph.
The number of cyclists in the borough injured in collisions has almost doubled since 2000. In other boroughs with 20mph limits, the number of accidents has reduced.
Fleur Anderson said: “Reducing speeds can save the lives of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, it makes our streets quieter and more pleasant and our air cleaner. The borough-wide 20mph limit took it’s time coming but it was worth fighting for.”