A year-long trial which will see the speed limit set at 20mph in an area of Acton has been launched.
The trial started on Monday (September 5) and follows public consultation carried out last year.
Ealing Council say 200 people are injured in collisions in the Acton area each year, and believe the implementation of the new limit will result in the prevention of at least 14 incidents.
The proposed 20mph trial applies only to the Acton area east of the A406 Hanger Lane / Gunnersbury Avenue and will encompass the following wards:
- South Acton
- Acton Central
- East Acton
- Ealing Common (part)
It is being introduced in co-ordination with a similar scheme being implemented by Hammersmith and Fulham Council . Benefits of this scheme have included making roads easier to cross and less noise from traffic.
If the trial is deemed a success a further public consultation will be carried out to extend the new 20mph zone across the borough.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “We want our roads to be among the safest in London and already have 20mph zones or limits on more than a third of the roads in Ealing.
“Expanding the scheme and reducing speeds across the borough will bring many benefits. Our streets will not only become safer, but it will also improve the local environment.
“I’m proud that we have a strong track record of road safety across the borough.”
The 20mph speed limit won’t apply on Transport for London red route roads such as the A40 Western Avenue and A406 Hanger Lane / North Circular Road.
Hounslow has also looked into becoming a 20mph zone .