World Health Organisation's support for 20 mph speed limits

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In its recent report 'Managing Speed' the World Health Organisation (WHO) endorses a 20 mph speed limit as best practice where motorised traffic mixes with pedestrians and cyclists. Will you therefore set out a timetable for how you, through the boroughs and Transport for London, will introduce lower speed limits, as per proposal nine of your draft Transport Strategy?


Answer for World Health Organisation's support for 20 mph speed limits

Answer for World Health Organisation's support for 20 mph speed limits

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am fully committed to delivering lower speed limits. It is an essential part of making London a safer, fairer and healthier city.

In light of the commitments in my draft Transport Strategy, Transport for London (TfL) is developing a programme to achieve my Vision Zero aim of reducing the number of people killed or injured on London's streets to zero. This will include plans for the introduction of lower speeds across the network.

I continue to encourage all London boroughs to implement lower speed limits, particularly 20mph, through TfL Local Implementation Plan (LIP) funding that they are allocated to deliver my Transport Strategy. The updated LIP guidance for this funding will be published in early 2018, in parallel with the final Transport Strategy, and they will also receive support to assist in delivering effective lower speed limits.

My recently-launched Liveable Neighbourhoods programme invites boroughs to bid for extra funding to deliver larger-scale programmes to take forward the Healthy Streets Approach, which is central to my Transport Strategy. The main objectives are around improving the street experience, which includes reducing road danger through lower speeds and reducing the dominance of motor vehicles.