Cllr Claudia Webbe, Executive Member for Environment and Transport, has welcomed news that Transport for London (TfL) will be piloting 20mph speed limits on select ‘red routes’ in the borough.
In 2013, Labour-run Islington Council became the first borough to adopt 20mph speed limits on all residential roads managed by the council. Since then Islington Labour has been campaigning for TfL to adopt the same safer speeds on the main routes through the borough which they manage.
TfL have now announced plans for 8 pilots across the city, including Upper Street and on Holloway Road (between Pentonville Road and Seven Sisters Road).
Cllr Webbe commented: “I’m delighted that TfL has finally listened to our calls for safer 20mph speed limits to be introduced on the main routes they manage in Islington.
“We’ve been calling for such a move ever since we became the first borough to adopt borough-wide 20mph speed limits in 2013.
“20mph limits make our roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians, and also help to improve air quality. After a series of successful ‘stop and advice’ exercises with motorists, we were the first borough to have our 20mph limits enforced by the police.
“I look forward to the pilots beginning, and I hope this is a first step to making all our roads safer.”
More information about the TfL pilot plans can be found here.
Pictured: Cllr Webbe with police officers on enforcement action of the 20mph speed limits.