Speed limits of 20mph are planned for more sections of major roads across north London from February.

Transport for London (TfL) has announced proposals to reduce the limit on roads currently restricted to 30mph, in an attempt to eliminate deaths and serious injury.

In Camden, Finchley Road, Camden Road, Euston Road and Gray’s Inn Road could all be affected.

Islington Gazette:

The proposals for Islington would toughen up speed limits on Pankhurst Road, Holloway Road, Tollington Road, Pentonville Road and City Road, along with Seven Sisters Road up into Haringey.

Islington Gazette:

TfL is asking for feedback on the plans, which will also affect Stoke Newington High Street and Stamford Hill.

The changes would mean that almost all the roads in Camden, Islington, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Haringey will have a consistent 20mph limit on both the TfL and the borough networks.

In total, 28km of road would be impacted by the new measures.

Penny Rees, TfL head of healthy streets investment, said: “The introduction of 20mph speed limits would not only save lives but also encourage Londoners to travel in more active and sustainable ways.

"Making London's streets safer for people walking and cycling is our top priority and 20mph speed limits significantly reduce road danger. 

“We really value people's feedback on our proposals, and I'd encourage everybody to use this opportunity to share their views on our plans.”    

Jeremy Leach, London campaign coordinator for 20's Plenty for Us, said: “Vehicle speeds have a huge impact on how safe it is to walk and cycle and, just as importantly, how safe walking and cycling feel.

“Having a consistent 20mph limit on almost all of the TfL roads across these five boroughs will help enormously in bringing vehicle speeds down on these roads and making them safer and more attractive for everyone who uses them.”    

People hit by a vehicle at 20mph are around five times less likely to be fatally injured than at 30mph.

Subject to consultation, work to introduce the new speed limits could begin in February 2023.

The measures are part of a larger TfL project to reduce speed limits on 220km of its roads by 2024.

In March 2020, TfL introduced a 20mph speed limit on all its roads within the Congestion Charge zone.

Have your say about TfL’s new proposals at haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/lowering-speed-limits