Petition to: Install speed cameras and speed bumps in key residential roads

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We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to Install speed cameras and speed bumps in key residential roads. More details

Petition update from the council, 25 May 2017

Dear Mr May

E-petition

Petition to: Install speed cameras and speed bumps in key residential roads
(Reference to Shirland Road and Elgin Avenue in particular)

I am writing in response to the City of Westminster E-petition that you organised and issued to the Council on 21 February 2017. Please also accept my apology for this delayed response as this was necessary to await formal approval of the 20mph Limit programme outlined below.

It is recalled that the petition lead statement read:

“We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to Install speed cameras and speed bumps in key residential roads.”

City of Westminster 20mph Limit Trial

The City Council has consistently prioritised road safety in the management of its Highway Network and this now includes the trial of 20mph Limits which follows a Cabinet Member decision of 23 September 2016. And following a thorough evaluation it is now advised that a full programme of:

- Up to 30 School 20mph Limits; and
- Two 20mph Limit Zone areas

will be converted this July/August onwards.

Speed cameras and speed bumps installed close to local schools

In response to the petition’s request for new Speed Cameras and Speed Bumps in your area it is advised that the realisation of the former is always subject to a high ranking selection criteria which is managed by the Police. And taking account of the lower base number of casualty related accidents at Shirland Road and Elgin Avenue it is advised that this area does not currently qualify under such criteria.

With regard to Speed Bumps, Speed Tables etc it is advised that such schemes have not been implemented on the Westminster Highway Network since 2005. This is mainly due to a past history of local and London-wide polarised views about the merits of such schemes and the Mayor of London’s then decision in 2008 to no longer fund London boroughs to implement them.

We trust that the above addresses the concerns raised in your petition and if you wish to enquire further about the City Council’s Road Safety programme please contact Hugh Brennan (hbrennan@westminster.gov.uk).

Yours sincerely

Kevin Goad
Head of Highways and Public Realm

More details from petition creator

I am a resident in Maida Vale and it has come to my attention that a substantial number of drivers in the area fail to respect local speed limits. Cars on Shirland Road and Elgin Avenue regularly drive up to 60 miles/hour near where I live.

Here are the facts on why speed kills. A driver who sees a pedestrian 100 feat ahead driving at 60mph will hit the pedestrian at over 50mph almost certainly killing the pedestrian. A car travelling at 30mph will stop before the pedestrian is struck.

Cars travelling at these speeds are incredibly dangerous for both pedestrians and cyclists and the situation is made even worse by the fog and ice on the roads at this time of year. I see this as completely unacceptable in a family neighbourhood that is home to many primary and secondary schools with lots of pedestrian traffic.

I am petitioning for two measures. Firstly for speed cameras to be installed on key residential streets with fines issued to those who fail to respect the speed limits.

Secondly for speed bumps to be installed in certain streets, particularly those close to local schools.

Current signatories

Mr Oliver May, the petition creator, joined by:

  • Paul Dimoldenberg