Wandsworth Labour councillors have voted in favour of consultation for blanket 20mph restriction on all residential roads in the borough.
The council had been considering 20mph zones one neighbourhood at a time. Labour criticised this ‘piecemeal’ approach and called for all Wandsworth’s residents to be consulted. Tory councillors have now agreed to this plan.
Sadiq Khan, Tooting MP, said: “After years of calling for an end to what was a costly and timely process I am delighted to hear that the council has finally woken up and realised that local people support 20mph speed limits, and taken action.
“Borough-wide 20mph limits on all residential roads will make for safer roads, a more pleasant environment to live in and get rid of the confusion caused by the previous piecemeal process.
“This is great news for Wandsworth and a shining example of what committed community campaigning can achieve. We never gave up and finally we’ve succeeded. Thank you to everyone who has championed this cause.
“I would urge everyone to take part in the consultation once it begins and I will continue to keep the pressure on the council to introduce the limits as soon as possible.”
Leonie Cooper, Wandsworth & Merton GLA candidate, added: “I put forward a council motion in February last year to make 20mph the default speed on residential roads – but all of the Tory councillors voted against it. I’m now delighted that having blocked it in 2014, wasted money and put us at risk, Wandsworth council is finally going to do a full borough-wide consultation.”