Twenty is plenty in Ealing

Ealing Council’s cabinet has agreed to the introduction of a new urban speed limit policy, which would establish a 20mph speed limit in residential areas and town centres.

This means Ealing would become the first borough in West London to have a borough wide 20mph speed limit, which would also be one of the largest area-wide zones in London.

The council will now undertake a public consultation on the introduction of the new speed for a trial scheme in the Acton area. Subject to a successful trial and review, the 20mph speed limit will be introduced in the rest of the borough.

The new urban speed limit of 20mph was developed to address traffic speed concerns raised in the most recent residents’ survey. It aims to increase road safety and improve the health and quality of life of residents in Ealing by reducing road casualties and traffic noise as well as making greener modes of travel, such as cycling and walking, more appealing.

The lower speed limit is also in line with a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) review on tackling the causes of early death which identifies large public health benefits when traffic speeds are lowered.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “We already have 20mph zones or limits in 37% of roads in Ealing and reducing speeds across the borough will bring many benefits, such as enhancing road safety and improving the health and quality of life for our residents. Studies have shown that a borough wide speed reduction could prevent approximately 60 casualties each year.

“We want our roads to be among the safest in London and actively encourage drivers not only to reduce their speed, but also to get out of their cars and walk or cycle in our borough.”

The public consultation will take place later this year and, subject to the outcome, the trial in Acton is expected to start in the summer of 2016 and run for a year. A successful trial and review will see the speed limit expanded to residential areas and town centres across the borough by spring 2019.

The 20mph limit would not apply to the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) red routes including the A312 TLRN section.

For more information about streets and travel options in Ealing please visit the council’s website.

The decision was taken by the council’s cabinet on Tuesday, 21 July. All cabinet decisions are subject to call-in for a period of five working days from the date of publication of the minutes of the meeting.