Sadiq Khan blasted for ‘unnecessary’ new 20mph speed limit changes

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Sadiq Khan has been attacked over plans to impose “unnecessary” new speed limit laws across eight London boroughs.

Transport for London announced they would be introducing 65km of new 20mph zones across the capital later in 2023.

In total, eight boroughs will be impacted by the changes including central locations such as Greenwich and Kensington and Chelsea.

Sections of road will also be impacted in Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham and Wandsworth.

Meanwhile, Outer London regions Merton and Bromley will also be impacted by the changes.

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TfL claimed speed was a factor in 48 percent of fatal collisions across London in 2020. They stressed the new speed restrictions would help eliminate deaths and serious injuries on the road.

TfL said: “We’re lowering speed limits because if you hit someone at 30mph they’re five times more likely to die than if you hit them at 20mph.

“The work is part of the Mayor’s Vision Zero policy which aims to see no one killed or seriously injured on our roads by 2041.

“Safer speeds made a large portion of London safer for people to live, work and commute, encouraging more Londoners out of their cars to walk, cycle and use public transport. More people using healthier and more sustainable forms of travel is vital to reducing congestion and air pollution.”

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TfL posted the news on X, formerly Twitter, which prompted a furious response from angry road users. @BigSteve6877 posted: “And so the war on motorists continues.”

@uklee added: “Please stop all this nonsense.” @DDTGblogspot commented: “Kerching £££! More revenue for fines.”

@DebessCab said: “Unnecessary imposition. Another money racket!” @PS_YNWA wrote: “This is just another money-making scheme. LTNs need to be removed too.

“Drivers are [being] penalised whilst cyclists can do whatever they want and cause mayhem in the process.”

Many users were also concerned about whether the new changes would lead to any safety improvements. Some even blamed Mr Khan’s own Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes as adding to the problem.

@Pwilliams_64 commented: “This means nothing without enforcement. I live in an LTN which has resulted in a) less cars on local roads and b) essentially a one way, two lane, road. Vehicles regularly drive at 40+ mph without fear of fines.” (sic)

@Martinidoc added: “Little point unless you police and enforce it effectively. It’s 20mph on Vauxhall bridge but living nearby we are constantly disturbed by noisy (and dangerous) motorbike and car speed merchants deliberately racing across the bridge whilst also making as much noise as possible.”

However, some social media users were positive about the changes and backed the scheme ahead of its launch.

@MBas1999 remarked: “As a driver I have to admit that they seem to work. Traffic seems to flow better as have fewer stoppages.” (sic)

@michaelgaustin claimed: “Fully support this. 20mph is plenty in a city. If you speed, you should get caught. No matter the speed limit.”

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