WIDESPREAD 20MPH LIMIT ARRIVES IN UPPER NORWOOD
New speed limits of 20 mph have been introduced on many roads in Upper Norwood and other areas of northern Croydon.
Except for main through roads such as Church Road, Westow Street and Beulah Hill, all residential streets in parts of Upper Norwood, South Norwood, Selhurst, Bensham Manor and Thornton Heath are now covered by the new permanent 20mph limit.
The roads included in the new changes all have 20mph signs and drivers caught speeding by police can expect fines, points on their licence or even prosecution, said a Croydon council statement.
Several of the affected roads, which are listed on a zoomable Google Map on the council website, also include numberplate recognition speed visors and electronic signs that flash up each vehicle’s speed.
Under plans to implement 20mph across the borough by 2018, last year Croydon council divided the borough into five sectors and began a consultation on road safety and speed restrictions.
A majority of area 1 respondents to a council survey said in May 2015 they wanted 20mph. Statutory consultation followed later that year, and area 1 received final cabinet member approval earlier this year.
“Extensive 20mph limits reduce the risk and severity of accidents, cut congestion and pollution levels, encourage less car use and discourage rat-running in quieter streets” the statement adds.
“The council will monitor traffic speeds within the 20mph roads. If speeding remains an issue, options could include traffic calming measures as well as police enforcement.”
To see which roads are covered by area 1’s 20mph area and for more information on the area 2 statutory consultation, visit the council website on: www.croydon.gov.uk/20mph and click on the North Croydon – Area 1 tab.
Earlier this year in area 2 – covering parts of Addiscombe, Ashburton, Woodside, Shirley, Heathfield, Fairfield, and parts of Selhurst and South Norwood – a majority of survey respondents were also in favour of introducing 20mph. The Area 2 proposals are now out to statutory consultation before being considered for final approval by Christmas. Proposals in relation to areas 3, 4 and 5 will be considered during 2017 and 2018.(Source: Croydon council press release)
OPINION: 20 MPH SPEED LIMIT SIGNS
WHAT BRIGHT SPARK decided to put two 20-mph speed limit signs at the top of Haynes Lane, a small no through road off Westow Street?
Wouldn’t Croydon council have been better to put a ‘No Through Road’ sign up instead?