London Testing 20mph Speed Limit on Key Roads

By Gary Cutlack on at

A new safety campaign by Transport for London will see a 20mph speed limit introduced on some of London's fattest and most concealed arteries, as part of an ongoing mission to reduce the number of road accident casualties by up to 40 per cent by 2020.

According to the TfL announcement, the expanded plan for a 20mph limit will start in Tower Hamlets this April, with more coming online in 2015 and 2016 -- as long as the furore the speed cuts trigger don't cause too many violent fracas to break out across the capital.

The additional sites in the plan are areas around Holloway Road, Westminster Bridge and Southwark Street, Brixton Town Centre, Clapham High Street and, hilariously, Camden Town, where we suspect a car was last recorded driving at more than 20mph back in the 1960s.

London's Mayor explained: "Lower speeds have the potential to significantly improve road safety while enhancing the environment for walking and cycling. As well as actively supporting and funding the installation of 20mph zones and limits on borough roads across London, we have also been looking at the TfL Road Network to see where further 20 mph limits could provide significant benefits." [Standard]

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