A new 15mph speed limit has been suggested for the Square Mile in London. The City of London announced that it wants the area to be the first in the UK with a 15mph speed limit. It is a decision that has been made following a public consultation into 54 proposals unveiled by the City Corporation last year. The City rates that around 90 per cent of all journeys on the streets are either partially or entirely walked.
It forms part of a strategy to reduce motor traffic by 25 per cent by 2030, and by 50 per cent by 2044.
The plan proposes that the 15mph speed limit implemented by 2021/22, subject to approval by the Department for Transport.
Alastair Moss, Chair of the Planning and Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation, said: “The City of London is one of the most well-connected parts of the UK, with 15 Tube stations, seven Tube lines, eight mainline stations, multiple bus routes and a fast-evolving bicycle network.
“We are working tirelessly to support the 513,000 workers that commute to the Square Mile every day, and to deliver the forward-thinking City that Londoners want to see.
“These radical plans will ensure the continued success of not just the City, but wider London and the UK as a leading global business and cultural destination.”
Stephen Edwards, Director of Policy and Communications, Living Streets comments: “Slower speeds in highly congested areas where huge volumes of people are working are vital to ensuring people’s safety.
“If a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle at 20mph they have a 97 per cent chance of survival.
“This reduces with every mile driven faster.
“Slower speeds not only save lives; they also contribute hugely to making people feel more comfortable walking.
“This will help encourage people to choose healthier and cleaner ways to travel.
“This excellent intervention shows that the City of London is committed to ensuring the Square Mile is accessible to all and an easy, attractive and healthy place to work, live, learn and visit.”
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