The Green Party has called for a 20mph speed limit in London.
CALLS to introduce blanket 20mph speed restrictions on the borough's main roads have been rejected by the council.
The Green Party says the borough should follow Islington Council, which this week implemented the 20mph limit on all of its main thoroughfares in a bid to reduce road deaths and injuries.
Safety campaigners say casualties are markedly reduced where the limit is in place but the council says this is ‘unproven’ and argued it already has sufficient safety measures on its roads.
Transport chief Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler said: “We currently have 17 20mph zones in residential parts of the borough, covering about a third of our road network, and have a robust road safety programme that is helping to reduce the number of injuries on the roads.
“We visit schools and carry out innovative road safety education programmes, the ‘changing places’ courses for lorry drivers and cyclists, and have improved pedestrian crossings across the borough, making them safer for residents.
“We also run several neighbourhood consultations a year, where residents can put forward their views about what highways improvements they would like to see in their area.
“There is currently no call for a blanket 20mph speed limit in H&F and the effectiveness of these types of zones is yet to be proven.”
But the Green Party disagree, with Clare Phipps, a spokeswoman for the party's West Central branch, saying: “In Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham alone there were 280 deaths on the road between 1999 and 2010 and during that time the annual rate of road deaths has been increasing. Add to that the fact that over 4,000 people die every year in London due to poor air quality and you have a pretty powerful case for reducing speed limits.
“The basic fact is, if you get hit by a car at 20mph, you are more likely to live. If you get hit at 30mph, you are more likely to die. Our argument is that where people live, work and shop there are positives to bringing in 20mph limits.”
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