London SE1 community website

20 mph speed limit to be introduced in Bankside within six months

London SE1 website team

A 20 mph speed limit is to be introduced on all streets in the Bankside area by the end of March 2014, Southwark Council has revealed.

20 mph speed limit to be introduced in Bankside within six months

The limit will be introduced on all the streets in the area bounded by Blackfriars Road in the west, Borough High Street in the east, Southwark Street in the south and the River Thames to the north.

Large swathes of SE1 to the south and west of Bankside already have 20 mph speed limits.

The much-delayed 20 mph speed limit on Southwark Bridge Road, which forms part of cycle superhighway 7, will also be introduced in the coming months.

Last November Southwark Council assembly passed a motion in support of a 20 mph speed limit on all borough roads.

The new 20 mph zone in Bankside will be part of a phased approach to reducing the speed limit on roads which don't already have a 20 mph limit.

The new signage in the Bankside area has been funded by Transport for London to the tune of £256,000.

The council says it will cost a further £1.1 million to extend 20 mph signage to the rest of the borough.

20 mph limits are to be introduced on a 'signage only' basis, with physical works to be carried out later where there is clear evidence that the limit is regularly flouted.

Southwark Council has written to the Association of Chief Police Officers calling for a change in national guidance that officers should not carry out routine enforcement of 20 mph limits.

"The council is convinced that implementing a borough-wide scheme has the potential for road casualty reduction, will have positive impacts on sustainable travel such as walking and cycling and help to improve air quality," wrote Cllr Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for transport, in his letter to ACPO.

He added: "I would, however, call on ACPO to encourage their members to commit more resources for the enforcement of 20 mph speed limits and to engage in more meaningful dialogue with local highway authorities."

The proposed borough-wide 20 mph speed limit excludes major roads which are managed by Transport for London rather than the council.

The SE1 website is supported by people like you
We are part of
Independent Community News Network
Email newsletter

For the latest local news and events direct to your inbox every Monday, you need our weekly email newsletter SE1 Direct.

7,000+ locals read it every week. Can you afford to miss out?

Read the latest issue before signing up

News archive from February 1999 to January 2001
Got a story for us?
Contact us with your tip-offs and story ideas.