In order to save lives, the City of London is aiming to introduce a blanket speed limit of 15mph “citywide,” says a planning document to be discussed in a transport committee next month.
In the document, Bruce McVean, acting assistant director of transportation at the City of London Corporation, reveals he is to seek permission for the speed limit change from England’s Minister of Transport, Grant Shapps.
“A request for in principle support for a 15mph speed limit will shortly be submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport,” said McVean.
“If this is agreed, we will begin work on an experimental traffic order (ETO) to introduce a City-wide 15mph limit, with the aim of having this in place before the end of 2022.”
City-wide refers only to the City of London—or “Square Mile”—rather than Greater London.
The plans—highlighted by eagle-eyed Twitter user @lastnotlost—will be discussed at a transport committee meeting on October 5.
“Through the Transport Strategy we have committed to eliminate death and serious injuries on the City’s streets by 2040,” says the document submitted to the committee.
As well as introducing a 15mph speed limit the City of London also aims to widen sidewalks in a “Pedestrian Priority Programme” that will “give more priority to people walking.”
There will also be an expanded cycle network with links from Aldgate to the protected cycleway on the Thames Embankment.
The City of London previously planned to introduce a 15mph speed limit in 2019. At the time, AA president Edmund King said it would not make much difference because motor traffic in the Square Mile has “moved no faster than a horse and cart for 100 years anyway.”