Plans for 20mph limit in Romford town centre receives four responses from residents

Atlanta Boulevard, part of the ring road around the town centre. Picture: Google Maps Street View.

Atlanta Boulevard, part of the ring road around the town centre. Picture: Google Maps Street View. - Credit: Archant

Proposals on the introduction of a 20mph speed limit zone in Romford town centre received just four responses from residents.

Out of approximately 2600 letters sent out to the area, only eight responses were received from three cycling representatives, four residents and the Metropolitan Police.

The safety measures have been recommended to be approved by officers with the issue set to be discussed by councillors on the Highways Advisory Committee sometime in the New Year.

Studies show that in the past five years, 185 people have been injured in accidents on and inside the ring road.

Three of the accidents were fatal, 11 were serious and 42 of them involved pedestrians.

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In a bid to combat dangers, the council consulted with residents over proposals which would see the implementation of a 20mph speed limit, a humped pelican crossing, raised speed tables and coloured road surfacing.

Transport for London (TfL) would fund the £95,000 costs of the Accident Reduction Programme.

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The programme is described as a “standard project” with no expectation the works “cannot be contained within the cost estimate”.

The Metropolitan Police responded to the proposals with its concerns about the introduction of raised tables.

The Met said: “Collision stats do not appear to show speed is a causation factor of collisions.

“The introduction of raised tables will reduce emergency response times, particularly, London Ambulance Response times and patient comfort.”

Residents and cycling representatives were mainly in favour of the safety measures with respondents earmarking other areas in the borough where they thought 20mph zones could work.

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