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20 days to go until the Square Mile’s 20 mph speed limit

Following a vote in April, London’s Square Mile business district around St Paul’s is set to become a 20 mph zone on 20 July 2014. This limit will include the whole of the Square Mile except for the A3211 between Victoria Embankment and Byward Street; the lanes and alleys between this red route and the River Thames; and the A1210 Mansell Street, Goodman’s Yard and Minories.

The 20 mph limit is part of the City of London Corporation’s “Road Danger Reduction Plan” to reduce casualties. The new speed limit is predicted to reduce casualties by around 7% equal to 30 per year. Alongside the 20 mph speed limit, other danger reduction measures for all street users include junction redesign, contra-flow cycling, education, enforcement and new pedestrian “countdowns” and traffic light timings. The plan is supported by the Mayor of London and TfL.

Michael Welbank, Chairman of the Planning & Transportation Committee said: “A 20 mph speed limit is a key part of our Road Danger Reduction Plan and will help to save lives, reduce casualties and create a safer and calmer environment for all the Square Mile’s many and varied users. Whether on foot, in a vehicle or two wheels, we all need to share these streets safely and the 20 mph limit will help us to do this together.”

Superintendent Norma Collicott said: “Road safety continues to be highlighted by City residents, workers and visitors as important and reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on the City’s roads is something the City of London Police is working hard to achieve. Last year, we reduced the number of casualties in the Square Mile and our challenge is to repeat that success. The introduction of the 20 mph speed limit, coupled with continued education and enforcement activities and the other initiatives included in the City of London Corporation’s Road Danger Reduction Plan, is to be welcomed.”