A blog post from Cllr Claudia Webbe, Executive Member for Environment
Last year Islington became the first borough in the country to introduce a 20mph limit on all council controlled roads.
We took this ground-breaking step because we are committed to making Islington a safer place for all our residents. While the number of deaths on roads in Britain has gone up in recent years, we are doing all we can to make sure Islington doesn’t follow this trend.
Our decision wasn’t simply based on making our roads safer. It was also about improving the quality of life for people in our borough and making it a better place to live. This includes improving health outcomes by encouraging active travel and also working towards reducing air pollution in the borough.
We are now challenging the Tory Mayor of London and TFL to play their part and make the remaining roads that aren’t controlled by the council (such as Upper Street and Holloway Road) also 20mph zones.
Since taking this decision I’m really pleased that other borough’s including Camden, Southwark and the City of London have all followed our lead. This week I met with another interested Local Authority - Labour controlled Croydon council to discuss the benefits of 20mph roads and how to make implementing this a reality.
We wish them all the best in their endeavours and urge other councils across London to do the same to make our roads safer across the capital.
By joining together we really can make the Mayor of London and TFL take action.
You can read more about 20mph Islington here.
Pictured - Cllr Claudia Webbe (centre) is pictured above with councillors from Croydon, Cllr Kathy Bee Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment and Cllr Robert Canning (Deputy to Cllr Kathy Bee).