As part of the council’s commitment to improving road safety in the borough, from 16 December 2013 Camden will have a borough-wide 20mph speed limit.
Slower speeds play a big part in reducing road collisions and casualties for all road users. A slower speed means that drivers have more time to react, and the outcome of a collision is not as severe.
Slower speeds also help create a calmer, more pleasant environment for everyone who uses the street, and will encourage more people to walk and cycle.
The limit will be introduced from 16 December 2013, with 20mph limit signage and road markings only. However, following the introduction of the new limit, the council will continue to monitor traffic speeds and casualties. Where speed continues to be excessive the council will consider additional measures to improve the effectiveness of the new limit, for example by changing the street design, and introducing traffic calming measures and additional signage where appropriate.
Other than a section of Camden High Street which is already 20mph, Transport for London (TfL) managed ‘red routes’ will not be included in the new borough-wide limit.
“Camden is very much a family area so this is great news for parents who are concerned about road safety for their children,” says Stephanie Powell, manager at the Camden branch of lettings agent Edmund Cude. “As with any London borough, Camden can get busy so this will hopefully help to keep everyone calm.”