20mph speed limit trials set to begin across Westminster

Mon, 04/09/2017

Today 20mph speed limits are being rolled out across the City of Westminster. This targeted trial will bring 20mph roads to the areas surrounding 38 schools. This trial will enable the City Council to closely consult local schools, residents and businesses, and use data to validate its effectiveness before any further rollout is considered. Also this trial will primarily be concentrated in several areas in the North and South of the borough as part of a drive to create a safer, healthier and more pleasant environment. The program is aiming to increase walking and cycling, and to make more vulnerable road users -such as cyclists, older people and school children- feel safer. And to assist in evaluating the impact, speed and traffic flow data will be gathered from over 70 sensors across the trial roads. Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) will also remind drivers and riders to adhere to the speed limit and if motorists are going too fast, they can be set to flash at either 20 or 30mph. The 38 schools included in this trial will also be receiving a tailored road safety education programme, which will include a school banner competition, theatre show, lessons and on-road pedestrian training to help engage and inform students on the changes. The ‘unbagging’ of our 20mph signs will commence this week, and every sign should be visible to motorists by next week. The 20mph trial and data collection last a year, and the results will be used to consider the future rollout of more of 20mph limits across the Westminster highway network. Councillor Danny Chalkley, Cabinet Member for City Highways said: “The trial supports Westminster’s aim of improving the public realm for all road users and we hope that more people will be encouraged to walk and cycle. “By placing schools at the centre of the trial, we are ensuring a safer environment for our youngest residents. “We are encouraged by the high level of support received for the trial from residents.” A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Police said: “The Metropolitan Police have been consulted by Westminster City Council throughout the 20mph trial and are working collaboratively to improve road safety in Westminster.”

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