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Time for a 20mph speed limit?

20mph Speed Limit Coming to Haringey


Why 20mph?

Traffic speeds are sometimes too fast in our residential and local shopping streets. This can stop more people walking and cycling and can increase the number and severity of accidents.  Research shows that there will be less accidents that are not as severe if traffic is moving at 20mph rather than 30mph or faster.

20mph zones and 20mph limits

Almost 50% of Haringey’s roads are already part of 20mph zones. 20mph zones have humps and raised tables which forces traffic to slow down. 20mph limits have signs and road markings. Speed humps or cushions would not be introduced as part of the 20mph limit.

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Previous Consultation

The council cabinet, at its meeting of 18 June 2013, approved a borough wide consultation to find out whether Haringey residents and businesses supported a 20mph borough. Consultation and market research was undertaken between 1 August and 31 October 2013.

What we consulted on

We wanted to know what residents and business think about a possible borough wide 20mph speed limit.

We proposed  introducing a 20mph speed limit on all roads that we are responsible for as the highway authority (excluding red routes for which Transport for London (TfL) is responsible).

More information, including frequently asked questions (FAQ), was set out in our original consultation document.

Consultation Responses and Result

Over 4,500 responses were received with little difference between those who support a borough wide 20mph limit (42%) and those who oppose it (46%). However, this changes with a clear majority in favour of a borough wide 20mph limit (65% for and 35% against), if it is restricted to residential roads and roads with schools within the borough, but excludes roads where a 30mph limit is more appropriate.

The result of the consultation was reported to the Cabinet at its meeting of 15 July 2014.  Cabinet approved for the introduction of a 20mph limit for all residential roads and in the borough’s town centres. The existing speed limit on the remaining main road network would at this stage be retained as at present.

Please view the attached files section for the summary of the consultation results and the council’s cabinet report which set out the council’s decision.

Thank you to everyone who sent in responses to our statutory notification in which it is proposed to extend 20mph limits to additional roads in the borough. We are considering all representations, and a formal decision is expected in March 2015.  When it is published, a copy of the formal report and decision will be placed on this page.

Attached files

Cabinet Report - 18 June 2013PDF 492.07 KB
The Council’s Cabinet Report of 15 July 2014PDF 3.63 MB
Public ConsultationPDF 4.96 MB
MapPDF 8.21 MB
Research report and analysisPDF 212.02 KB

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26 February 2015

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