A staggering 71 per cent of local people support a 20mph speed limit

Almost three-quarters (71 per cent) of the 5,287 respondents to Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s recent public consultation said they supported the proposals for a reduced borough-wide speed limit on all or most of the roads.

“Residents have given us a clear steer in favour of making our streets safer for everyone,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.

“We’re really grateful to have such a strong response from across the borough that will help us form a decision as to whether or not to implement the scheme.”

Of the 71 per cent of people in favour of lowering speed limits to 20mph, 41 per cent said they supported the change on all the borough’s roads. A further 26 per cent of people also supported lowering the speed limit to 20mph while suggesting certain exemptions on some main roads. Only 29 per cent of people said they opposed the plans.

Residents were asked to name roads they would like to see exempted from any new speed limit. The most frequently mentioned was Fulham Palace Road, and while it was raised as a concern 64.8 per cent of people were still in favour of reducing the speed to 20mph on the road. In fact, there was a clear majority of people who supported making every road across the borough have a 20mph limit.

A full breakdown of these results will be presented to and discussed by H&F Council’s Community Safety, Environment & Resident Services Policy and Accountability Committee when it meets on 18 November and the public are encouraged to attend from 7pm.

A report will then go to the council’s Cabinet in January for a decision on whether or not to implement any changes.