The south-east corner of Croydon has become the latest part of the borough to get a widespread 20mph limit from today (Monday 15 January).
The new speed limit applies to all streets in New Addington, Sanderstead, Selsdon, South Croydon (east of Brighton Road), Shirley, Addington and Forestdale except private roads, Transport for London red routes and several Croydon A-roads that will remain at 30mph.
The area, which is detailed in a map on the council website, goes as far west as Brighton Road and Sanderstead Hill, north to the A232, east as far as the borough boundary with Bromley, and south to the border with Tandridge.
The roads remaining at 30mph in Area 4 include Selsdon Park Road, Kent Gate Way, King Henry’s Drive, Addiscombe Road and Featherbed Lane.
In 2015, the council divided the borough into five areas and began the process of introducing 20mph limits. Area 1 in the north of the borough went live in September 2016, Area 2 in the north-east went live in March 2017, and the north-west area’s 20mph limit was introduced in November. The fifth and final part of the borough to get 20mph – the south-west of the borough – is due to go live in March.
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, 20mph limits reduce vehicle speeds and cut the risk of being injured or killed in an accident. Other London councils, including Islington and Southwark, already have borough-wide 20mph schemes.
All roads in Area 4 covered by the new speed limit have 20mph signs, and drivers caught speeding by police can expect fines, points on their licence, or prosecution. The council will monitor traffic speeds within the 20mph roads, and, if speeding remains an issue, options could include police enforcement as well as traffic-calming measures.
Councillor Stuart King, cabinet member for transport and environment
“This new 20mph speed limit is better for road safety in our local residential areas, as, when speeds reduce, the risk of being injured in a collision falls as well, so I’m delighted to be delivering on this important council commitment.”