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A new lower speed limit is set to be introduced later this month on the Upper Richmond Road in Putney.

From Friday 9 September, the restriction will be reduced to 20 mph on the stretch between West Hill and Gwendolen Avenue.

The lower level has been introduced on a road managed by Transport for London with the encouragement of Wandsworth Council. The current Labour administration has overseen the implementation of a policy initiated by its predecessor.

The remainder of the South Circular to East Sheen and beyond will remain at 30 mph.

While the new signs are being put in place there may be some lane restrictions and suspended bus stops for a short period.

In 2017, almost all residential side streets in Wandsworth were included in a borough-wide 20mph zone but local B roads and the main trunk roads that form part of Transport for London’s network of red routes remained with higher limits.

The council presented figures which claimed to show that accidents involving collisions between pedestrians and vehicles are three times less likely to be fatal if the speed of the impact is 20mph compared to 30mph.

Research concluded that at 30mph, 55 per cent of collisions result in pedestrian fatalities while at 20mph this figure drops to just 17 per cent.

The council also claimed that the lower speed limit should improve air quality quoting from a study by Imperial College.

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September 2, 2022

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