20’s Plenty for a safer Merton

To encourage safer travel on Merton’s roads Merton Council is pressing ahead with the introduction of 20mph zones and limits on a number of its residential streets by March 2009.

The decision to introduce lower speed limits to several Merton roads was taken by the council’s cabinet member for planning and traffic management. It follows recommendations from a meeting of the Street Management Advisory Committee on 4 November and was endorsed by the council’s Sustainable Communities Overview and Scrutiny panel on 25 November. Motorists will be encouraged through 20mph zones and limits in residential areas to reduce their speed and become more observant when travelling on Merton’s roads. The zones will also cut down on rat running.

The limits and zones will be introduced by March next year to the areas around Quicks Road, Pelham Road, Parkway, Trinity Road, Melrose Avenue, Merton Park, Ashbourne, Merton Hall Road and Cecil Road.

Additionally, the council is also now considering the areas around High Path, Ridgway, Hillcross Avenue, Lake Road /St Marys, Cambridge Road, Pollards Hill, West Barnes Lane, Wandle Road, and Farm Road. These are subject to the outcome of formal consultations being carried out during January.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for planning and traffic management, Councillor William Brierly said: “The introduction of 20mph zones and limits will improve the safety and quality of life for local residents in Merton.
“We want more residents, especially those with young children, to feel safe on the borough’s roads and to feel happy to walk or cycle. As well as further improving road safety, the implementation of ’20’s Plenty’ schemes is also designed to minimise the impact of rat running in Merton.
‘We are undertaking consultation with residents in all those additional areas where we are considering installing 20mph zones and I would encourage local people to respond with their views.’
Notes to Editor
The council has written to residents affected by the latest proposals to consult with them on the council’s intention to introduce 20mph zones and limits in several areas across the borough.