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Speed limit on some of London's busiest roads could be cut to 20mph

Sadiq Khan has unveiled plans to cut the speed limit to 20mph on some of central London's busiest roads.

The new restriction will come into force next year on the Embankment, Albert Embankment, Millbank, Lambeth Bridge and Blackfriars Road.

Transport for London said the move was part of the mayor's 'Vision Zero' strategy to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries on the streets.

The 20mph limit will apply to all roads maintained By TfL in the congestion zone. TfL today launched a public consultation.

Credit: TfL

Lower speeds save lives. That’s why we plan to reduce speed limits in central London, where hundreds of thousands of people are walking and cycling each day.

Many of London’s boroughs are already leading the way on safer speed limits and introducing 20mph in central London will deliver consistently safer roads regardless of which road authority is responsible for them.

– Stuart Reid, Interim Director of Vision Zero at TfL

Whether you are walking, cycling, or driving, it is everyone’s right to be free to get around in a safe and healthy way but this can only be achieved if the vehicles on our roads are travelling at safe speeds.

20mph limits give drivers more time to stop to avoid a crash and also make our streets more welcoming places to be, encouraging people to choose to walk or cycle rather than get in a car.

– Joshua Harris, Director of Campaigns at Brake, the road safety charity

The TfL road within the Congestion Charge Zone are:

  • Albert Embankment
  • Lambeth Palace Road, Lambeth Bridge
  • Millbank
  • Victoria Embankment
  • Upper Thames Street, Lower Thames Street, Tower Hill
  • Borough High Street, Great Dover Street
  • Blackfriars Road
  • Part of Druid Street (between Tower Bridge Road and Crucifix Lane), Crucifix Lane, part of Bermondsey Street (between Crucifix Lane and Tooley Street), part of Tooley Street (between Bermondsey Street and Tower Bridge Road)