Proposals to cut the speed limit to 20mph on all residential roads in Hammersmith & Fulham will be put to the public.
A consultation to gauge support for the lower limit will be launched by Hammersmith & Fulham Council as part of a £1.81million programme of street improvements next year, funded by Transport for London.
This consultation is planned to start from May 2015.
The programme also includes projects to improve road safety at three key junctions, deliver education and awareness projects in schools and the wider community, create better cycle lanes on main roads and improve the pedestrian and cycle link over the railway line to Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea and Hammersmith Hospitals.
If there is strong backing from residents, the 20mph speed restriction will be rolled out to residential roads across the borough between 2016 and 2018.
Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Residents’ Services, said: “We told residents we wanted to improve road safety across the borough by bringing in a 20mph limit to residential streets, and that is exactly what we intend to do if the consultation finds resident support.
“This is one of many projects for the coming year which, taken together, will create a much safer environment for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike.”
A detailed plan to consult residents and businesses throughout 2015/16 will be developed following discussions with other councils where borough-wide 20mph limits have been introduced, such as Camden, Islington and the City of London.
Welcoming the proposal, John Griffiths, chair of H&F Cyclists, said: “This will make a safer environment for cyclists and pedestrians and will go a long way towards encouraging more to take up cycling. “We would like to see the limit extended to high streets where many cyclists and pedestrians go to shop and where there are most accidents, and to Hammersmith Bridge.”
H&F Council’s full transport investment programme for 2015/16 includes funding to:
- Consult residents and businesses on a borough-wide 20mph speed limit and carry out a feasibility study.
- Carry out education and awareness projects, such as cycle training in schools, and work with big local employers on travel plans.
- Improve safety at three junctions where higher numbers of road accidents are recorded, at Uxbridge Road and Old Oak Road, Scrubs Lane and North Pole Road, and Fulham High Street and New Kings Road.
- Carry out improvements to Du Cane Road, including a better pedestrian and cycle link over the railway tracks to Primula Street and an improved junction at Wood Lane.
- Create better cycle lanes on busy roads including Hammersmith Road and King Street.
- Contribute to the ongoing Shepherds Bush West project, a major scheme to improve roads, pavements, crossings and cycle routes in the town centre (total cost of scheme £3.8 million, funded by a combination of TfL, sustainable drainage and developer funds).
- Make changes to Fulham Road, including removal of traffic islands.
- Make environmental and drainage improvements in Stevenage Road, Edith Road and Westville Road.
- Upgrade the pedestrian crossing that links Parsons Green to Peterborough Road.
- Complete a five-year programme of neighbourhood improvement projects, which has been running since 2010.
- Upgrade old pedestrian crossings and adding countdown timers.
- Carry out local transport projects that meet the Mayor of London’s transport strategy, including school travel plans, cycle parking, accessibility and traffic management.
- Carry out other projects to collect and analyse data, engage local groups and ward panels, and improve air quality.
- Carry out planned maintenance work.