Our approach to 20mph speed limits

In 2018, we proposed to introduce a 20mph speed limit across Richmond upon Thames to replace the existing policy under which 20mph zones are implemented on a zone by zone basis.

About the 20mph speed limits

We believe that 20mph would have huge benefits to improving road safety, including:

  • Reducing vehicle speeds on our roads, particularly on those roads which have the highest rate of non-compliance
  • Leading to an overall improvement in the liveability of neighbourhoods
  • Creating a more consistent landscape of 20mph across London in line with neighbouring boroughs
  • Reducing the need for physical traffic calming measures
  • Aiding the Council’s wider aim to improve air quality

Following an extensive consultation period, which saw 10,000 responses from Richmond upon Thames residents and businesses, an amended proposal was passed by the Council’s Cabinet in March 2019. This approved a borough-wide 20mph speed limit, excluding the following roads.

  • Transport for London red routes (A316 and A205)
  • A305 (part) between Apex Corner and Twickenham Town Centre
  • A310 (part) between Kingston Bridge and Twickenham Town centre
  • A308 corridor, including Lower Sunbury Road but not including Thames Street

Updated: 17 July 2019