Last night, Liberal Democrats on the Surbiton Neighbourhood Committee voted unanimously to take the next step forward to introduce 20mph speed limits.
The plans will see 20mph introduced on all roads within the Surbiton Neighbourhood managed by Kingston Council, plus asking TfL to introduce 20mph on the roads they manage in the area, with the exception of the A3.
Lib Dems on Kingston Council have long been calling for 20mph to be introduced. As part of their last manifesto in 2018, they pledged to consult with residents borough-wide on the proposals aimed at making our streets safer for children and vulnerable people.
Back in 2016, local Lib Dems on Surbiton Neighbourhood Committee also voted for 20mph, but three Conservative members 'called in' the plans to Full Council, where it was overturned going against the localised decision.
Kingston Council will now start drafting Traffic Management Orders (TMOs) to implement 20mph speed limits which give local residents a final opportunity to be able to give their views on the plans.
Cllr Liz Green, Councillor for St Mark's Ward, said, "I've been campaigning to make our streets safer for at least a decade, and a big part of how we do that is reducing speed limits to 20mph. So I'm pleased that across our patch of the borough, we will now move to the next stage of the process – giving residents a final chance to express their opinions."
Cllr Alison Holt, Co-Chair of Surbiton Neighbourhood and Councillor for Surbiton Hill Ward, said, "Lib Dems have a proud record of listening to and delivering for local residents. We want to hear from residents, and especially encourage those who agree with plans for 20mph to make their voices heard, on the TMOs when Kingston Council publish them in the near future."