Speed limit lowered in City as three-week consultation starts

A CONSULTATION on the City of London’s change to a 20 miles per hour (mph) speed limit begins today, and will run for the next three weeks.

Transport for London has also revealed that two routes running from north to south through the City will have 20mph limits trialled.

The lower limit will be imposed on routes including Blackfriars Bridge and London Bridge, key arteries for the City.

Previously, London’s mayor Boris Johnson had argued that cutting the speed limit was not necessary.

If the trials are successful, the City of London Corporation says that the plans will be permanently extended from summer this year.

Many of the surrounding parts of London have already opted for a 20mph speed limit, and Islington and Camden already have the schemes in force.

The City’s common council agreed to the consultation on cutting the speed limit in autumn last year, arguing that pedestrians and cyclists should be encouraged to use the area.

A lower speed limit has been considered previously – the City of London Corporation looked at the idea in 2011 – but it has not been implemented so far.