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Council approves 20mph limit for Shaftesbury Estate

The council has approved plans to introduce a new 20 mph speed limit on the Shaftsbury Estate and surrounding roads in Battersea.

The scheme is aimed at reducing vehicle speeds and improving the environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

The area affected is bounded by Latchmere Road to the west, Lavender Hill to the south, Queenstown Road and Stanley Grove to the east and the railway line connecting Clapham Junction to central London to the north.

Entry points into the area will be clearly defined with signage and raised road surfaces.

Further traffic calming measures will be installed at key intervals within the area, including approaches to John Burns School and where recorded mean vehicle speeds are highest.

Wandsworth Council’s transportation and planning spokesman Guy Senior said:

“The reduced speed limit will help discourage drivers from using these residential streets as a cut through - a growing concern for many people living here. It will also help to cut accidents, reduce air pollution and improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.”

The scheme costs will be funded by Transport for London. The project builds on a previous road safety scheme carried out in the area.

Council traffic engineers are now consulting with local residents and businesses to gain their views on implementing the proposals.

Subject to the outcome of the consultation, works could start in early 2010.

Date posted: 10 October 2009