The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has revealed plans to introduce 20 mph speed limits on all roads within the Congestion Charge Zone.
The move is part of an action plan from Transport for London (TfL), the Metropolitan Police and the mayor’s office to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on the capital’s road network.
Dubbed Vision Zero, the plans also include modifying dangerous junctions, improving the safety of HGV design and “a comprehensive bus safety programme”, which will see buses fitted with speed-limiting technology and drivers sent on a new training course.
At present, more than 2,000 people a year are killed or injured on London’s streets.
With these proposals, though, TfL is aiming for a 65 percent reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured by 2022, while the organisation is targeting zero casualties by 2041.
According to TfL, the 20 mph limit will be rolled out across the Congestion Charging Zone by 2020.
The organisation claims this will reduce the likelihood of collisions and casualties because pedestrians are five times less likely to be killed by a car if they’re hit at 20 mph, rather than 30 mph.
In addition to the Congestion Charging Zone streets, TfL is also plotting the introduction of 20 mph zones in other “high-risk” town centres around London by 2024. Overall, TfL is aiming to introduce 93 miles (150 km) of new lower speed limits across its network.
“Our bold and far-reaching plans are some of most ambitious in the world, and start from the basis that no death or serious injury on London's roads should be treated as acceptable or inevitable,” said Sadiq Khan.
“At the heart of our plans is reducing the dangers of speeding vehicles across London, which is why we're proposing a new general speed limit of 20 mph on TfL roads within the Congestion Charging Zone - protecting cyclists, pedestrians and all road users in the busiest part of the capital.
“The design of vehicles on London's road is also crucial. That's why we're using the latest safety technologies to transform London's buses and bringing in a world-leading safety standard for lorries, alongside investing record amounts in building new infrastructure to make walking and cycling a safe option in every part of the capital.”