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TfL considering 20 mph limit at Elephant & Castle, says Boris

Transport for London is considering a reduction in the speed limit for traffic at the Elephant & Castle northern roundabout to 20 mph, Mayor of London Boris Johnson said this week.

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The Mayor's comments came in a written answer to a question tabled by the Green Party's Darren Johnson AM asking for the Mayor to respond to the key demands of the SE1 Safer Roads campaign which handed in a 2,458-signature petition to City Hall earlier this year.

"The Elephant & Castle Northern Roundabout is being reviewed as part of TfL's Better Junctions Programme," said the Mayor.

"Options to reduce collisions involving vulnerable road users are currently being studied with a view to implementing an 'early improvements' scheme.

"This work includes consideration of the appropriateness and effectiveness of a 20 mph speed limit for the roundabout or any of the surrounding roads."

TfL recently announced plans for an experimental 20 mph speed limit at the Waterloo roundabout.

The Mayor has also revealed plans for road safety improvements in St George's Road near the scene of the death of five-year-old Hichame Bouadimi last autumn.

"Measures will include 'slow' markings and additional school warning signs," said Mr Johnson.

"TfL is also planning to introduce pedestrian countdown signals at the junction. These works are planned to be completed this summer."

The SE1 Safer Roads campaigners told the SE1 website: "We were pleased to see that all of the issues that we have raised are being considered by TfL and that 20 mph may be taken forward as part of the imminent junction review scheme for the northern roundabout.

"The real proof will be just how far TfL's longer term plans do go to make the Elephant & Castle area a more attractive environment to live, work and visit.

"It is vital that roads such as St George's Road and Westminster Bridge Road are transformed from wide fast racetracks to roads that people can cross safely and feel comfortable walking and cycling along."

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