20mph speed limits in central London – Assembly response

06 September 2019

Transport for London (TfL) has today announced it will introduce 20mph limits for drivers within the Congestion Charge Zone from early 2020.

The new speed restriction will affect Victoria and Albert Embankments, Millbank, Tower Hill, Blackfriars Road and more.


In response, Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, Florence Eshalomi AM, said:

“With the recent rise in road deaths, this is a good start from the Mayor and TfL but much more needs to be done to protect pedestrians and cyclists.”

“Our roads will be made safer by reducing speed limits.

“TfL took on board the Transport Committee’s advice in the  ‘Hostile Streets’ report to review all the speed limits on its roads.

“However, we suggest the Mayor considers going further to areas outside of the Congestion Charge Zone where walking and cycling should be safer.

“Every life lost on the road is tragedy. Particularly when the cause is a driver not obeying the speed limit.

Notes to editors

  1. The Hostile Streets report represented the view of the majority of the Committee. The GLA Conservatives’ dissenting views are set out in a minority opinion in Appendix 1 of this report (pages 41 and 42).  In particular, they disagree with Recommendations 1 and 10.  The UKIP Group disagrees with Recommendations1, 6 and 10.  Further details are included on pages 18, 27 and 38.
  2. Florence Eshalomi AM, Chair of the Transport Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.
  3. London Assembly Transport Committee.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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