Updated: Feb 11, 2022
Transport for London (TfL) will introduce new, lower speed limits on five roads across London as part of its Vision Zero commitment to reduce road danger and enable more walking and cycling in the capital.
TfL say they have used a "risk-based" approach to identify specific sites to lower speed limits.
Four 20mph speed limits will be introduced, including the A10 - A503 corridor in Haringey, the A13 Commercial Road in Tower Hamlets, the A23 London Road in Croydon and the A107 corridor in Hackney.
In addition, a 30mph speed limit will be introduced on the A10 Great Cambridge Road in Enfield.
TfL say they will be working closely with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to ensure that drivers understand and comply with the new lower speed limits.
In March 2020, TfL introduced a 20mph speed limit on all of its roads within the central London Congestion Charging zone.
TfL says it is now working to lower speeds on its road network in inner and outer London, including on the inner ring road, high-risk roads and roads in town centres.
The capital's transport regulator has stressed that any future safety schemes such as further reductions in speed limits or walking or cycling improvements will be dependent on TfL's ongoing discussions with Government for long-term sustained investment in London, which is required to avoid the managed decline of the transport network.
Lilli Matson, Chief Health, Safety and Environment Officer at TfL, said: "We are determined to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from London's roads in line with our Vision Zero goal. Ensuring the safety of Londoners and visitors is paramount, which is why we are working to lower speed limits on our road network in inner and outer London.
"Millions of walking and cycling journeys are made across London every day and people are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured if hit at 30mph than if a vehicle is travelling at 20mph or less.
"The new 20mph speed limits will not only save lives but will also encourage Londoners in these communities to travel in more active and sustainable ways. We're committed to eliminating unsafe speeds and dangerous driving across our network and are working closely with our Metropolitan Police partners to ensure the new speed limits are robustly enforced."
Will Norman, London's Walking & Cycling Commissioner, said: "Sadly over 4000 people are killed and seriously injured on London's roads every year. This is unacceptable.
"Lowering speeds is one of the most important things we can do to reduce road danger and make it easier and safer for people to walk, cycle and use public transport.
"I'm delighted to see Transport for London and the boroughs making good progress on reducing speed. However, further investment in walking and cycling infrastructure is essential to making our roads safer. Without it, we risk undoing our hard work to reduce collisions and will likely see more lives tragically lost on our streets."