Changes to speed limits in London’s ‘Square Mile’

If you ever have any courier jobs in the City of London’s ‘Square Mile’, things are about to get a little slower. The City Corporation has recently announced plans to push for some ‘speedy’ legislation, which will reduce the speed limit for vehicles to just 15 mph.

Prioritising people

While for those of us who do courier jobs it might feel like a bit of an imposition at first, let’s face it – just how much faster do we really get around on average inside the Square Mile traffic anyhow? The legislation is designed to cater for the most popular mode of transport in the capital – which just happens to be the good old human foot! But it’s certainly going to help drivers as well.

This city was made for walking

You might not think it when you’re out there doing your courier jobs in those endless traffic snarls, but up to 90% of all the journeys made in the City of London are done on foot – or at least partially walked. That equates to a whole lot of pedestrian traffic, so it’s not surprising this new legislation is skewed towards keeping them safer. But it’s not all about pedestrians, because while it prioritises the flow for those on foot, the strategy is also set to make motorists’ lives easier!

Planning and strategizing

Although they’ve yet to get government approval, the City Corporation is moving ahead to promote the legislation. Their plan is based on more than 50 proposals from the local authority that will form the basis of their long-term Transport Strategy – and many in the industry are giving their three cheers.

Slowing down to reduce the flow

The plan aims to reduce traffic by up to a whopping 50% by 2044, in order to make better use of the street space. How good does that sound? Imagine zipping around the centre of London earning your daily bread with only half the number of other vehicles on the road! Although at a maximum of 15 mph it might be more like cruising than zipping – but we all know the story about slow and steady…

Less speed, safer roads

As well as making it easier to get around, the strategy to slow down motorists will also prevent those all-too-common road-blocking accidents. In addition to reducing injuries and downtime due to incidents or collisions, having fewer, slower vehicles in the Square Mile will keep traffic flowing much smoother.

Even if you’re in the delivery business, you shouldn’t be looking at the slow down strategy (due to come into effect in 2021/22) as a hindrance. It’s designed to help all the road users in the capital and we’re definitely on board! How about you?

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