Most residential roads in Croydon could get 20mph limits if residents back council proposals being discussed next week.
On Monday (16th) the council’s cabinet will decide whether to look into setting up widespread 20mph limits through consulting the borough’s residents, businesses and key groups.
If the consultation is approved, it would be done in stages across different areas of the borough, starting this spring by asking local people in the north.
Extensive 20mph limits reduce the risk of accidents, cut congestion and pollution levels, encourage less car use and discourage rat-running in quieter streets.
The plans mainly focus on residential streets, and would not include key through roads or red routes controlled by Transport for London.
If the consultation finds enough locals want a 20mph speed limit in their part of the borough, the council will start the formal process of setting this up.
Once in place, the council would monitor traffic speeds within the 20mph roads. If speeding remains an issue, options include police enforcement and traffic calming measures.
“Safer roads mean safer residents, and we’re exploring 20mph limits so our borough is a better place to live and work.
“However, we’ll only do this if our residents want it to happen. This change could bring a huge improvement to the lives of thousands of our residents plagued by speeding drivers, but getting it right means consulting properly.
“We plan to assess demand one area at a time over the next three years, starting with residents in the north who already tell us speeding is a problem there.”
Councillor Kathy Bee, cabinet member for transport and environment
The council would consult neighbouring authorities on any proposed 20mph limits that include roads straddling borough boundaries.
The council’s £1.5m project is funded by a larger Transport for London grant to improve road safety in Croydon.