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Share your views on proposals for a borough-wide 20mph speed limit

Kingston Council is asking for resident feedback on its proposals to implement a borough-wide 20mph speed limit.

We want to make our streets safer, cleaner and greener with a 20mph limit on all roads across the borough, which currently do not already have the limit in place. The only exceptions proposed will be private roads and those under Transport for London’s (Tfl) control (A3, A240 etc). 

Currently 48% of roads in Kingston have a 20mph limit. The most recent data from TfL confirms that the majority of collisions occur on the main road network, which is why we are proposing to treat all roads in the same way. This will introduce consistency across the borough and with the 20mph strategy across London.

There is evidence from other areas of the UK that shows a reduction in average speeds when 20mph is introduced, even if there is no enforcement or traffic calming measures. 

The proposed speed limit will contribute to the council’s plans to improve air quality by lowering and evening out acceleration and making our streets feel safer, which will encourage more people to walk and cycle leading to better health outcomes. It will also help in reducing the number and severity of casualties, as lower speeds give drivers and others more time to react. 

Councillor Hilary Gander, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport, said:

We’re committed to making our roads safer, and reducing the number of road casualties caused by speeding. Although we’re really proud to say that generally Kingston performs well in terms of road safety in Greater London, we still want to continue to take a proactive approach to ensure it remains one of the safest boroughs in London. 

“As well as safety, we also want to encourage healthy lifestyles and by making our roads easier to use and more attractive more residents will be happy to walk and cycle.

“We’re really keen to hear views and feedback on the proposals from all residents, including those under 18 years old.”

For more information and to have your say by Sunday 9 February 2020, visit www.kingston.gov.uk/20mph. If you’d like this information in a different format, please email [email protected] or call 020 8547 5000. 

The council will also be holding drop in events from 2 - 4pm and 6 - 8pm on the dates below:

  • Tuesday 14 January 2020, Kingston United Reform Church, Kingston Town Centre 
  • Thursday 23 January 2020, Glenmore House, Surbiton
  • Tuesday 28 January 2020, Hook Centre Library, Chessington
  • Tuesday 4 February 2020, Malden Centre, New Malden