Borough-wide 20mph consultation

Introduction

We are committed to making our roads safer, which includes reducing the number of road casualties caused by speeding, making our roads easier to use and attractive for our residents, improving the air we breathe and providing places where local businesses can thrive.

The borough generally performs well in terms of road safety in Greater London, with one of the lowest levels of road collisions and casualties. Whilst there are now no major collision ‘hotspots’ in the borough on council managed roads, collisions and perceived danger are still a cause for significant concern and the council will continue to take a proactive approach to ensure that Kingston remains one of the safest boroughs in London.

To help with this we are proposing to implement a 20mph speed limit on all roads across the borough, with the exception of private roads and those under Transport for London’s (TfL) control.

The benefits of a 20mph speed limit

  • Reduces average speeds.
  • Reduces the likelihood and severity of road traffic collisions.
  • Encourages a smoother driving style and reduces braking distance between vehicles, therefore reducing standing traffic.
  • Reduces the need for physical traffic calming measures and their associated issues, such as vibrations and noise.
  • Balances the needs of drivers with the safety of local residents.
  • Encourages sustainable and active travel by creating more attractive conditions for walking and cycling, which in turn can help to improve the quality of the air we breathe.
  • Enhances the overall attractiveness and usability of our roads.
  • Encourages the use of local shops rather than driving to supermarkets, which in turn will help create more liveable neighbourhoods favouring social interaction.
  • Ensures consistency with the 20mph strategy across London, tying in with neighbouring boroughs such as the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

This type of scheme is being embraced by councils all across London, as part of the innovative and forward-looking vision set out by the Mayor of London and TfL. The scheme will link in with the various initiatives outlined below.

Healthy Streets

The Healthy Streets approach was developed to inform decision-making to encourage more active and sustainable travel for everyone, e.g. walking, cycling and public transport. 

Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy and Vision Zero

The Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy is supporting all councils across London to make London a fairer, greener, healthier and more prosperous city in the coming years. As part of this, Vision Zero outlines an action plan which targets the elimination of all deaths and serious injuries from our transport network by 2041.

Local Implementation Plan (LIP3) and Health and Wellbeing Strategy

In January 2019, we updated, adopted and implemented a third Local Implementation Plan (LIP3) which sets out how we will implement the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy across Kingston.

LIP3 falls within the broader Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) which informs Kingston’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy. The JSNA is used to inform and guide commissioning intentions across health, wellbeing and social care services so that they will achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes.

In order to assess the impact of traffic on air quality across our borough, we have recently undertaken air quality assessments and identified road traffic as the major factor in causing air pollution. Motorised traffic is also a major contributor to climate change. You can find out more about air quality and the climate emergency in Kingston, on our climate change pages.