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Plans for A12 speed limit change near Gants Hill

PUBLISHED: 12:49 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:54 07 September 2018

Gants Hill is a major road and tube transport hub. Picture: Paul Bennett

Gants Hill is a major road and tube transport hub. Picture: Paul Bennett

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The Mayor of London has proposed to reduce the speed limit of the A12 in Gants Hill.

As part of his Vision Zero initiative aimed at eliminating deaths and serious injuries from the capital’s transport network, roads managed by Transport for London (TfL) in outer London will be reduced to 30mph.

The plan also outlines proposals for a 20mph speed limit in central London by 2020.

Redbridge Council supports the initiative and said they will be reducing the speed in other parts of the borough as well.

A spokesman for the mayor’s office said Mr Khan has committed the capital to a “bold target”.

He is hoping to achieve this by implementing different measures including transforming dangerous junctions, lowering the speed limit, imposing tougher safety standards for HGV designs and the possible induction of autonomous emergency braking on buses.

“Each year more than 2,000 people are killed or seriously injured on London’s streets, taking a devastating toll on the people involved, their families and communities across the capital,” he said.

“The Mayor of London believes no death or serious injury on London’s roads should be treated as acceptable or inevitable.

“So he’s committed London to a bold target to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries from our road network.”

A Redbridge bus driver, who does not want to be named, said he has concerns about how the new speed limit will impact on his schedule, if it is extended.

“Dropping the speed limit could have a big knock on effect,” he said.

“It could cause tailbacks and hold ups at other junctions, I am not looking forward to it.

“But then again if all major roads are reduced at the same time it might not be that terrible – you would hope the planners wouldn’t have proposed it unless it was a working option.”

Redbridge Council said it is also working on further plans to improve road safety.

“The council supports the Vision Zero initiative and TfL have already introduced 27 Community Road watch sessions in Redbridge which have so far caught 500 speeding motorists,” a council spokeswoman said.

“We will also be looking at introducing wider speed reduction measures on our own network of roads, including Gants Hill, through the Local Transport Implementation Plans to improve road safety in the borough.”

Details of roads affected by new speed limits will be released in due course

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