20mph speed limit set for roads in Finsbury Park area
By poppy_smith | Monday, December 17, 2012, 21:23
A trial speed limit of 20mph will be adopted on major roads shared by Hackney and Islington Councils in a bid to increase road safety and improve quality of life for residents. Following a decision five years ago to introduce a 20mph limit on all residential roads the Council agreed to work with London Borough of Islington on a pilot scheme for main roads including Green Lanes, Balls Pond Road and Blackstock Road. Since the residential 20mph speed limit was introduced five years ago the number of traffic accidents in 20mph zones fell by 50per cent and it is hoped that by extending the scheme to major roads similar results can be achieved. Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: "By working with our neighbours Islington Council, we will be able to test how these speed limits can be enforced and their effectiveness in reducing traffic speeds, noise and air pollution. "We will support the trial scheme with education and training programmes to ensure that any new speed limits are able to be self-enforcing." Signage on shared roads will indicate the revised limits while no new traffic calming or speed bumps are planned for affected streets. Where speed limits are consistently broken residents may be consulted by the councils on any additional measures. Cllr James Murray, Islington Council's Executive Member for Housing and Development, said: "We want to make Islington's roads safer for all - that's why we have chosen to introduce a 20mph borough-wide limit, which we hope will shift the culture in Islington toward lower speeds.
"Our decision has had a lot of support from residents and road safety groups, and we're very pleased to be working with Hackney on reducing speeds on shared roads." Over a 12 month period the council will assess the effectiveness of the limits on the roads it shares with Islington Council to ensure that the limits are self enforcing although the police will assist with enforcement in problem areas. Andy Walker, Chief Inspector for Hackney Police, said: "Hackney Police are committed to reducing deaths and injuries on the borough's roads. We have been involved in discussions with the Council about their plan to trial the expansion of 20mph zones and we support any initiative which may make our roads safer. "20mph zones should be self enforcing through the design and layout of the roads, but if there are problems with speeding in particular locations, such as outside schools, then police enforcement remains an option." For more information on road safety schemes in Hackney visit www.hackney.gov.uk/roadsafety