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Slowing down can save lives

Residents in the area north of the A406 North Circular Road are being consulted on the introduction of a 20mph speed limit and speed-reducing measures in all residential streets to improve safety for road users.

The works are part of a 20mph borough-wide zone scheme which was approved at the Full Council meeting on 19 April 2012 and supports the London Mayor’s ‘Safe Streets for London’ strategy  which aims to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured (‘KSI’) on London's roads by 50% by 2020. 

The borough-wide consultation and speed reducing measures are being funded by the London Mayor/ Transport for London (TfL).

The first part of the Waltham Forest scheme has been completed with south of the A406 North Circular Road already 20mph across all residential streets and receiving an average public support level of almost 80%.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader of Waltham Forest Councils said: “Waltham Forest’s 20mph scheme has been in place for some years now and forms part of a London-wide initiative involving boroughs implementing traffic calming measures to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our roads.

“This scheme pre-dates Council’s Mini-Holland funding and we have already seen a reduction in KSI’s, however in the last three years we’ve still had 174 collisions involving death or serious injuries and 1,743 collisions involving slight injuries. These numbers demonstrate we have more work to do in regards to improving road safety within our borough and it’s proven that a pedestrian’s survival rate at 20mph is 95% versus a 50% survival rate in 30-35mph zones.

“The statistics speak for themselves, since the introduction of the ‘Safe Streets for London’ strategy of 20mph zones across London there has been a 53% reduction in KSI causalities, the greatest reduction being amongst children and car occupants.

“Whilst the 20mph scheme is separate to Council’s Mini-Holland Scheme, it complements the work we are doing to encourage more sustainable transport methods like cycling and walking and their associated environmental and social benefits by reducing the barrier that speeding motorists create.”

In order to make the new 20 mph speed limits ‘self-enforcing’, the Council is proposing to install a combination of physical traffic calming measures, road signage and markings including: road humps, smaller ‘speed-cushions’ and 20mph signage.

Around each residential area with 20mph zones, the surrounding main roads including the A406 North Circular Road will remain at their current speed limits.

The proposed 20mph measures are based upon analysis of recent accident and collision data and traffic speed surveys in the consultation areas which were undertaken earlier this year.

Feedback on the proposals are open until Monday 12 October.

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