Islington residents already have 20mph limits on all residential roads. Following last November's decision by the Council Executive to roll out 20mph limits on all borough controlled MAIN roads, the Council Executive is tonight deciding whether to go ahead with implementation following a statutory consultation.
The recommendation is to proceed with implementation.despite objections from the police, who will not allocate resource to enforce 20mph limits. Since they do not enforce 30 mph limits this is effectively immaterial. Give me an un-enforced 20mph rather than unenforced 30mph limit any day.
The specific recommendations in the report to the Islington Council Executive tonight are:
2.1 To consider the responses to the consultation on the scheme and the formal objections from the Metropolitan Police.
2.2 To agree to proceed with the implementation of a 20mph speed limit on the Borough Principal Road Network, including those roads designated as part of the Strategic Road Network.
2.3 To note that Transport for London may at a later date exercise their right under section 121(B) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to object to the inclusion in the 20mph scheme of roads designated as part of the Strategic Road Network and/or recover their costs of revoking the scheme.
I've campaigned with Islington Living Streets and Islington Green Party along with many other Islington groups for this sensible measure which will both reduce the severity of any collisions and make Islington a more liveable borough, where the long-term health of residents is supported by a more walkable and cycle-able environment.
The campaigning is not over though. There may be no funds for enforcement, but the Council, Transport for London, the Police and the bus companies can ensure their drivers stick to 20mph through Islington creating an array of moving vehicles keeping speeds at 20mph.
The next objective is to civilise the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) running through Islington. This means tackling the A1, which may go all the way to Edinburgh but as it passes through Islington it is a residential road where many people, including some of the poorest residents, live, work and shop.
Hopefully Mayor Johnson and his Deputy Mayor for Transport Isabel Dedring will rise to the occasion and see Islington Council's bold move as an opportunity to trial 20mph on their roads. With 20mph on all other Islington roads, it would be relatively straightforward to conduct a trial. Last night at a transport meeting in Camden, Isabel Dedring asked for positive ideas from the public. I hope she sees this as a constructive suggestion.