An amended 20mph limit is set to be introduced in Richmond upon Thames, if the Council’s Scrutiny Committee, followed by the Cabinet, agree to the amended proposals. This follows a 12-week consultation held last year.
In 2018, we proposed to introduce 20mph across Richmond upon Thames. We specifically proposed to reduce the speed limit on all roads in the borough, excluding the A316 and A205 (which are under Transport for London red-route control). This would replace the existing policy under which 20mph zones are implemented on a zone by zone basis.
We believe that 20mph would have huge benefits to improving road safety. Including:
During the 12-week consultation, residents could have their say online, in hard copy questionnaires, or at one of the Community Conversation events.
See the below for the materials provided during the consultation:
While opinion was split among the nearly 10,000 respondents on whether to implement the council’s 20mph proposal in its original form (47.9 per cent in favour and 49.7 per cent against), 52 per cent of respondents agreed that a 20mph limit should reduce the number and severity of road accidents.
The consultation also found that vulnerable road users were overwhelmingly supportive of the proposals with 65 per cent of under 19s and 60 per cent of over 75s supporting the proposals.
Taking the views of residents into account, the Council’s amended proposal includes new changes, including:
The Council will also commission an independent air quality assessment around the scheme measuring key baseline readings around the likes of NO2 and PM10 emissions.
The Housing, Community Safety and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee will discuss the results on Monday 25 February, followed by Cabinet on Thursday 14 March 2019.
Updated: 15 February 2019