The trial in Acton starts today (Monday, 5 September 2016) and will run for approximately a year. If successful, then a further public consultation will be carried out to extend the new 20mph zone across the borough, enabling the council to build upon its strong track record of improving road safety and creating a better environment across the borough.
On average, 200 people are injured in collisions in the Acton area each year. With the implementation of the new 20mph speed limit, the council estimates that at least 14 incidents could be prevented each year.
The proposed 20mph trial applies only to the Acton area east of the A406 Hanger Lane/Gunnersbury Avenue and will encompass the following wards:
• South Acton
• Acton Central
• East Acton
• Ealing Common (part)
The 20mph speed limit won’t apply on Transport for London red route roads such as the A40 Western Avenue and A406 Hanger Lane/North Circular Road.
This new speed limit is being introduced in co-ordination with a similar scheme being implemented by Hammersmith and Fulham Council. The benefits of this scheme include making roads easier to cross and less noise from road traffic.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “I’m proud that we have a strong track record of road safety across the borough. We want our roads to be among the safest in London and already have 20mph zones or limits on more than a third of the roads in Ealing. Expanding the scheme and reducing speeds across the borough will bring many benefits. Our streets will not only become safer, but it will also improve the local environment.”