MEQ- Speeding down Avenue Road [SEC=OFFICIAL]

Dear Councillor Ioannou,

MEQ-34403 – Avenue Road

I refer to your recent enquiry on behalf of your constituent regarding their concerns about the speed of vehicles on Avenue Road. I apologise for the delay in responding to you and your constituent.

The council are currently looking at plans to introduce measures to reduce the level of non-compliance with the speed limit, these plans are in the very early stages of development and will in due course be subject to a consultation where residents and councillors will be able to provide their views on the proposals. Unfortunately, I am unable to give you any specific dates of when this will be.

I have reviewed the personal injury data held by the council and in the five year period to 30 June 2021 (latest data provided by Transport for London and the police) there has been four personal injury collision on Avenue Road.

To put this into context, the top ten prioritised road safety scheme sites, have an average of 5.6 collisions per year per site. Many of which involve vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

TfL are currently reviewing the criteria with a view to employing an approach that prioritises locations where vulnerable road users are exposed to high levels of risk. Although the new criteria have not yet been finalised, I am not confident that the new approach will lead to safety cameras on Avenue Road being funded in the short-term.

As an alternative, your constituents may want to contact the Police about the possibility of a Community Roadwatch operation for Avenue Road. Community Roadwatch aims to reduce speeding in residential areas and gives local residents the opportunity to work side by side with their local Police teams, using speed detection equipment to identify speeding vehicles in their communities.

To take part in Community Roadwatch, or to suggest a residential area where there are community concerns around speeding, members of the public can contact CommunityRoadwatch@met.police.uk stating the borough where they live. Enquiries are forwarded to the relevant local MPS Safer Transport Team, who will be in touch.

The public can also report dangerous, illegal, or antisocial road user behaviour directly to the Police via their online reporting tool, RoadSafe London. Every report helps the Police to understand where and when bad road user behaviour takes place, enabling resources to be targeted accordingly.

I hope the above answers your enquiry, should you wish to discuss any of the points made above do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

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Senior Engineer – Road Safety

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