The City of London (that’s the borough, not the actual city of London) will introduce a 20mph speed limit, it has been reported. The move would bring the area, London’s financial hub, in line with neighbouring boroughs Tower Hamlets and Southwark, and with a growing number of cities across the UK.
The new 20mph limits are being introduced as part of an attempt to reduce the number of casualties on UK roads. The move appears to have been successful in places, with Portsmouth, one of the first cities to make the change, seeing injury rates fall by 40 per cent.
According to the City, there were 423 casualties in the square Mile, with 57 of whom were killed or seriously injured.
Speed cameras will be installed, although council officials believe the limits will be self-enforcing.
Mark Boleat, chairman of the policy and resources committee for the City of London, said: “Steps that make it safer for City workers and reduce the number of tragic deaths are to be welcomed”
The move has also been welcomed by Jeremy Leach, the London coordinator of the campaign group 20s plenty, which calls for urban speed limits to be reduced.
“The City of London joins Paris and Tokyo in recognising that 20mph limits are better for business and health.
“A quarter of London is now committed to 20mph and other boroughs are watching the City’s decision. More are expected to announce their own borough-wide 20mph limits soon”.