Plans unveiled to cut speed limit to 20mph on key main roads in Southwark

Josh Salisbury (05 June, 2019)

The plans, due to come into force in May next year, are part of a bid to stop people dying in collisions on London's roads

29889Blackfriars Road (pictured) is among the key main roads in Southwark affected (Image: Google Street View)

Plans to cut the speed limit to 20mph on key inner-city London roads including areas in Southwark were unveiled today.

TfL is proposing the limit on the main routes it operates in inner London, including Borough High Street, Great Dover Street and parts of Druid Street and Bermondsey Street.

The moves comes after 128 people were killed on the capital’s streets in speed-related collisions in the past three years, and forms part of a plan to eliminate deaths and serious injury from the transport network by 2041.

Speed cameras will be re-calibrated around the routes, where the changes are due to come into force, leaving motorists breaking the limit facing fines and license points.

A TfL map showing how roads will be affected by the proposals (Image: TfL)

A public consultation into the plans – which also include raising the pedestrian crossing to pavement level on Great Dover Street, opposite the Black Horse bar – has opened now and will close on July 10.

The plans are due to come into force by May next year.

Separate TfL projects will see part of Tooley Street and roads surrounding the Elephant and Castle also have their speed cut to 20mph.

Southwark Street and St Thomas Street, which are TfL managed, already have a speed limit of 20mph.

Full details of the plans and a chance to comment on the proposals can be found on the TfL website here.

The full list of Southwark roads affected by the proposals:

  • 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 Queen Elizabeth Street (between Tooley Street and Tower Bridge Road)

Other Southwark roads reduced to 20mph by separate projects

  • Tooley Street Healthy Streets project:
    Part of Tooley Street (between Borough High Street and Tower Bridge Road)
  • Elephant and Castle 20mph project:
    Elephant and Castle Roundabout, St George’s Circus Roundabout, St George’s Road (from Elephant and Castle to the junction with Westminster Bridge Road), Westminster Bridge Road (from St George’s Circus to the junction with St George’s Road) and London Road (from St George’s Circus to Elephant and Castle)


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