Lower speed limits being introduced in Southfields and Putney
Highways engineers are currently installing signs and road markings in four new areas of the borough, with 20mph limits expected to come into effect in the next few days. The speed restrictions will apply in:
All of Thamesfield ward in Putney
The Girdwood Road area of Southfields bounded by West Hill, Sutherland Grove, Augustus Road and Princes Way.
The Putney Vale area covering Frensham Drive, Stroud Crescent, Friars Avenue and Stag Lane.
Victoria Drive in Southfields between Albert Drive and Wimbledon Park Road.
Residents in these areas were all consulted and asked if they wanted lower speed limits introduced in their neighbourhoods. In each case the council reports that the overwhelming majority of people said yes.
The Council says that wherever there is significant support for a 20mph limit in a particular area they will invite everyone living there to have their say. This has led to more zones being established in the borough.
Recently councillors approved plans for a forthcoming borough-wide consultation asking residents if they supported the idea of 20mph limits in all residential parts of Wandsworth.
Transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook says, "The work to establish these four new zones is well underway and residents in these parts of the borough will soon see lower speed limits in their neighbourhoods. We have also been assured by the police that they will enforce the new limits but hopefully drivers will slow down anyway rather than run the risk of getting points on their licence.
“We have introduced lower speed limits across large parts of Wandsworth and due to the support expressed by many local residents we will soon be conducting a much more widespread public consultation to test exactly how much backing there is among the wider community.
“Our firmly held view is that changes like this can only legitimately be decided by the people who would be most directly affected. It would be quite wrong to simply implement a significant change like this without asking local people for their opinion first.”
November 20, 2015