Hounslow Council consultation on widespread 20mph speed limits

We support the introduction of 20mph speed limits as it greatly reduces the risk of injury on our roads and we hope many people will respond to the consultation in support of 20mph speed limits.

Click here to send your support for 20mph speed limits using the council’s online form

There has been some indication that the council is considering a reduction of speed limit on some Hounslow borough roads for a limited time during the day eg. during the working hours of schools. We urge the council to ensure that speed limits for a given street do not change hour by hour, but are constant 24hrs a day to promote their observation by all road users.

We urge the police to allocate resources to enforcing the speed limits on Hounslow borough roads in support of the council’s target of reducing the number of people injured on our roads 40% by 2020.

The cuts to police traffic departments is a wider issue that has been highlighted by the charity Break

20mph consultation booklet FINAL.pdfLet us know if there are roads that you think have been missed out…

4 thoughts on “20mph”

  1. One point worth mentioning is on the Hounslow consultation map, Chiswick High Road east of Chiswick Lane and Bath Road east of Turnham Green station are shown as “Main road – no proposed change to limit”.

    Hammersmith & Fulham have just closed their consultation on 20mph roads and they are proposing that both King St and Goldhawk Road are 20mph (see below)


    If H&F make King St and Goldhawk Road 20mph, then it make no sense for Hounslow to have part of Chiswick High Road and Bath Road 30mph. A westbound driver along King St or Goldhawk Rd would be going from 20mph in H&F to a short stretch of 30mph in Hounslow then going back to 20mph.

    I’d suggest that people mention in their response that all of the Hounslow section of Chiswick High Rd and Bath Rd should be 20mph so there is consistency and no confusion about 20mph in the area.

  2. While I value the safety point being made, the blind belief that a speed reduction in London, one of the largest capitals in the world, would actually work is ludicrous.
    What happens to police, ambulance, doctors on call, foreign drivers, tourists etc?
    Ooh, they will be fined!!!
    Fines don’t stop people walking in front of vehicles, and even at 20mph people will die, so what’s next 10mph?
    The fact is speed reduction in a capital city causes traffic, causes risk taking driving behaviour etc, it’s a circle of events.
    If the root cause of each accident was published and not just what sells a story, then the public would be more informed in this decision.
    Let’s take cyclists and yes I also cycle, as well as drive many vehicles classes, so have some informed opinion to offer, do you think the little green light is used in Holland, no, why not, people understand that if you walk on the road and a car is coming, it might hurt, so they don’t do it, simples!.
    So if its an issue of education, why don’t we educate, if it’d another revenue scheme for government, why don’t we just say it as it is.
    And on a final note, how many schools do yot pass on route to your nearest A+E, so now each one will be 20mph and your kid, mum or dad are in need of a hospital or in a cadiac state, what then. See the big picture please.
    I have kids and would pay more to see more police not community service officers, but qualified/keen police officers around our schools. It’ll have more impact on bullies, bad drivers, drug pushers, alcohol abuse etc etc, so the point, fix the problem, if there is one, with something we all know that works.
    And solve several issues at once.
    And not cost us on traffic disruption while roads are repainted, signs and cameras are put in place.
    It is a silly suggestion on balance, or is speed just the issue and not bullying, drugs, alcohol around our schools……
    Thanks for reading!

  3. “even at 20mph people will die,”

    Less people will die with a 20mph limit. That’s good, isn’t it?

    “so what’s next 10mph?”

    Actually, that would be a good idea in residential streets. They do that specially designated “home zones” in the Netherlands. Cars need to travel at walking pace and kids can play in the street. That’s good, isn’t it?

    “The fact is speed reduction in a capital city causes traffic”
    No, people driving causes traffic.

    “in need of a hospital or in a cadiac state, what then. See the big picture please..”

    The big picture would be counting the number of people prevented from being killed or serious injured by the speed reduction and the number of times a few minutes getting to hospital genuinely makes a difference. I do know someone who has had a heart attack and the ambulance crew treated him at home for some time before they went to hospital because the quality of initial diagnosis and treatment and the treatment in the ambulance is more important than just bunging someone in an ambulance and driving as quickly as possible to the hospital.

  4. The 20 mph speed limit is an excellent idea which I fully support. However I have to say that the signage is seriously lacking and this leads to confusion.
    Some roads are clearly marked as having 20 mph limits but others leave us to guess, for instance Swyncombe Avenue.
    Please, will the council address this so that we are not left wondering what the speed limit should be or annoying other road users by driving at 20 in a 30 mph zone.

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