Barnet Council have a policy not to allow 20 mph zones anywhere but roads with schools on them. In light of the tragic accident on 22nd May, will you consider writing to the council to urge them to scrap this policy, as it is likely to hinder the success of your 2020 road safety vision? Would TfL support establishing the East Finchley part of East End Road as a 20mph zone to reassure local residents?
The evidence is clear that lowering speed reduces the likelihood and severity of collisions. A person walking who is hit by a vehicle travelling at 30mph is up to five times more likely to be killed than if they were hit at 20mph. That is why I am bringing forward a programme to lower speed limits across the Transport for London Road Network as part of my Vision Zero plan.
Many roads operated by London's boroughs already have speed limits of 20mph, and Transport for London will be writing to Barnet Council to offer its support for a 20mph speed limit in East Finchley - as well as lower speeds at other locations in the borough, to meet the aspirations of local residents and help eradicate deaths and serious injuries from our roads. I have also asked my Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander to request a meeting with the leader of Barnet Council, Cllr. Dan Thomas to discuss in more detail how the borough is taking forward the Vision Zero approach.