20mph speed limit
We are now acting on the results of last year’s borough-wide public consultation and have extended 20mph speed limit zones in Hammersmith & Fulham.
A clear majority of residents, in one of our biggest-ever consultations, said they supported extending 20mph speed limits to reduce injuries and deaths on our streets and make our neighbourhoods more pleasant.
Following feedback from the consultation we have extended 20mph Safer Neighbourhoods to side roads in the borough that don’t already have them.
We have also introduced 20mph Safer Neighbourhoods on sections of main roads in our three, busy town centres, where accidents with pedestrians and cyclists are more frequent.
The 20mph Safer Neighbourhoods started going live on Monday 5 September. Painted road markings and signs are appearing on affected streets across the borough.
Speed limits in the borough
In 2015 we consulted on plans to make roads safer by extending 20mph speed limit zones in Hammersmith & Fulham.
A clear majority of residents, in one of our biggest-ever consultations, said they support extending 20mph speed limits to reduce injuries and deaths on our streets and make our neighbourhoods more pleasant for everyone.
In total, 5,287 consultation responses were received and recorded and an overwhelming 71 per cent of those supported extending our 20mph zones.
Following feedback from the consultation we have extended 20mph Safer Neighbourhoods to side roads in the borough that don’t already have them. We have also introduced 20mph Safer Neighbourhoods on sections of main roads in our three, busy town centres, where accidents with pedestrians and cyclists are frequent.
Why we have introduced a 20mph speed limit
Addressing a real danger
Three children a month are injured on H&F's roads, on average.
Of a total of 763 people injured on H&F roads last year, almost half were cyclists or pedestrians.
Reducing deaths and injuries
If you are hit by a vehicle going at 30mph, your injuries are eight times more likely to be fatal than if the vehicle is going at 20mph.
At slower speeds, drivers have more time to react.
We already have 20mph zones, which include traffic-calming measures, on more than a third of H&F’s roads (see map linked below). When the zones were introduced, injuries from collisions dropped by between 20 and 80 per cent.
Making our children and all of us healthier
By making our streets safer, a 20mph limit would encourage children to walk to school and generally encourage walking and cycling - which are good exercise.
Cutting delays on the road
Collisions cause congestion, so fewer collisions would mean fewer delays.
At lower speeds, vehicles flow through junctions more smoothly.
Making our neighbourhoods more pleasant
Calmer roads would bring communities together by enabling neighbours and their children to get to know one another better.
The lower, safer speed limit would encourage people to walk or cycle rather than drive, which would reduce pollution from cars.
In our 2015 consultation, we proposed a 20mph restriction on roads in H&F. Only roads managed by Transport for London - the A40 (Westway), the A3220 and the A4 (Great West Road) - are not included. Residents were asked to identify any roads they felt should be excluded from the new limit.
The speed limit would be enforced by the police just as the 30mph limit is now. We are not proposing more speed cameras. Our consultation also asked residents if they would like to see more traffic calming, such as speed humps, in specific areas to help slow traffic.
Each road will be clearly signed at the start of the speed limit, with signs repeated throughout the limit area.
Raising money from speeding fines
A 20mph scheme would not raise money for the council. Only the police are legally able to enforce speed limits and any revenue from fines would go to the Government. Neither the council nor the police will receive any income from this scheme.
What happens next?
The council’s Cabinet approved the revised plans on 7 March 2016.
Works will start later in 2016 and the new speed limit will be in force from the autumn.
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TfL is funding this consultation and paying for the implementation of the scheme.
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