TfL targets drop in central London speed limit to 20mph

Central London roads operated by Transport for London could be set to see a 20mph limit.

Consultation is open until 20 July 2019 and would affect all of TfL’s roads within the congestion charge zone.

Speed is a factor in 37% of collisions where a person dies or is seriously injured in London, while a person hit at 30mph is five times more likely to die than someone hit at 20mph.

The potential impact of the dropped limit on boosting walking and cycling levels was noted in TfL’s press statement.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Each year more than 4,000 people are killed or seriously injured on London’s streets. The evidence is clear – lowering speeds on the most dangerous roads saves lives. The proposed 20mph speed limit on TfL roads within the Congestion Charge Zone and at Aldgate Gyratory will protect people walking and cycling and other road users in the busiest part of the capital.”

TfL does not control all the streets of London. It aims to introduce the new lower speed limits across 150km of its road network – and support local speed reduction programmes led by London boroughs on local roads.