Tuesday 5 April 2016 9.07pm
30's Slow Enough
I am outraged by the way the councillors and out-of-town traffic planners make the lives of ordinary residents ever more miserable and unhealthy. It is the residents who suffer from the constant attempts to clog up our streets and slow down traffic. We all need the benefit of transport. Through traffic might be able to find alternative routes but the residents and those that serve us cannot.
Our council's policies create more and more pollution. They waste vast amounts of time. Everything takes longer. Longer journey times mean higher prices, worse services, slower ambulances, buses that are stuck, pollution levels above healthy levels. People don't want to live here.
If, like the residents of SE1, you live at the centre of London you are faced with really long, slow journeys to get anywhere out of town. I think it's safe to assume our traffic planners don't spend half their lives stuck in the traffic jams they have caused.
You would think that in a world where developments in roads, vehicles and education have led to huge improvements in safety over the years, people would be looking to increase speed limits in those few places where traffic can move freely on major routes. The 20 mile limit will only encourage more traffic onto back streets where we don't want it.
As to communication and signage - I have been baffled recently where 20 mph signs on Kennington Road
have been taken down, suggesting the experiment was over, but there are advertising banners saying 20mph, in one case alongside the speed limit sign saying 30mph. Kennington Road
is a major, wide road with four broad lanes and crossings. It is not somewhere children should play. There is no benefit in slowing down traffic on roads such as this. It just harms the residents and our environment.