A campaign for lower speed limits on Fulham and Hammersmith’s roads may become a reality due to a consultation to be launched by the council next year. The areas could join London, Islington and Camden which have already introduced 20mph speed limits on residential roads. The consultation is set to be launched next year with the hope that speed limits in residential areas will be lowered by 2016. Provided that residents back the move, the speed limit will be introduced throughout the borough over between 2016 and 2018 as part of a series of improvements being funded by Transport for London. In addition to the move, improvements will be made to three major junctions which have seen a series of near-misses and accidents.
Other parts of the project include delivering educational courses in schools and introducing better cycle lanes to main roads including King Street and Hammersmith Road. There will also be improvements made to the pedestrian and cycle links in certain areas including the railway line to Hammersmith Hospital. It is hoped that the changes will improve road safety as well as encourage more people to cycle in the borough.
The risks of speeding
Lower speed limits could encourage more people to drive carefully on the roads, particularly as many people see the speed limit as a target to reach rather than a number to stay under. There are risks of travelling on the speed limit therefore, vigilance should be used when deciding what speed to drive at. Bad weather conditions should be a deterrent from driving too fast as should busy traffic or highly pedestrianised areas. However, many people still drive too fast causing accidents on the road. If you have been the victim of a road traffic accident because another driver was speeding, you could be entitled to compensation for any injuries sustained.
How to make your claim
Making a claim will go more smoothly when you have representation so you can call Accident Advice Helpline for assistance if you need someone to help you pursue compensation. We can help you obtain any evidence you need to help your case along and to help you win the best possible payout from those responsible for your accident or injury. Call us on our 24-hour helpline to speak with an advisor immediately or use our website to contact us and we will get back to you to discuss your claim.
Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown