Release Date: 24 September 2018
Residents are now able to have their say on plans to introduce a borough-wide 20mph speed limit in Richmond upon Thames.
Earlier this year the Council announced its intention to reduce the speed limit on all roads (except the A316 and A205 which are under Transport for London red-route control) to 20mph.
The speed limit would not only reduce vehicle speeds on our roads, but evidence shows that it should reduce the number and severity of road accidents, creating an environment that is more conducive to walking and cycling, and will bring the borough speed limit into line with other neighbouring councils, such as Wandsworth and Hounslow.
From Monday 24 September, residents are being sent consultation materials to their home and are being invited to have their say online. In addition, residents can attend the new Community Conversation events across the borough.
Cllr Alexander Ehmann, Cabinet Member for Transport, Streetscene and Air Quality said:
“Many residents have been asking for 20mph for quite some time and today we move a step closer to that ask. This consultation is asking for valuable input from residents on our proposal and how we can make our borough’s streets that bit safer and less hostile to active travel.”
“If we can reduce the speeds at which motorists travel, then we reduce the risk of accidents and the risk and severity of injury. This borough-wide 20mph limit will also make our roads more accessible for cyclists and pedestrians, encouraging greener methods of transport and helping to cut pollution, which will in turn make our streets cleaner and more enjoyable places to be.
“I would encourage everyone to have their say on these plans, which should improve road safety, walking and cycling as well as reducing vehicle emissions in Richmond upon Thames!”
If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.
Updated: 26 September 2018