12 September 2013
Today, the City of London’s Court of Common Council approved a plan to reduce the speed limit to 20mph in the City, as part of its Road Danger Reduction Plan. It is believed that the plan will reduce casualties by almost 10%.
The plan is supported by the Mayor of London, TfL, and the City of London Police, and it is estimated that it will add only minutes to journey times, whilst benefitting pedestrians significantly and an investigation by City Authorities showed it would have minimal impact on air qualities. It will also build on the work done by the City of London Corporation to improve cycling safety in the City.
All the surrounding City boroughs, with the exception of Westminster, have already adopted a 20mph limit, and it has been shown to be effective in reducing both the number and severity of collisions.
Chairman of Policy and Resources Mark Boleat commented: “As an international business hub, the City plays host to a large number of commuters every day. Steps that make it safer for City workers and reduce the number of tragic deaths are to be welcomed”
Michael Welbank, Chairman of the Planning & Transportation Committee, commented: “I am delighted this proposal has been passed. The City of London’s street usage has changed dramatically over the last 10 years, with the number of cyclists tripling. The Corporation has adopted a Road Danger Reduction Plan containing a wide range of measures. The 20 mph speed limit for the City is not the panacea but a further step in reducing casualties.”
Notes to editors
Bella Longman, Media Officer, City of London Corporation
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