Controversial Speed Limit Reduction Set For Review

Busy dual carriageway speed limit was cut more than two years ago

Bushey Road
The Bushey Road dual carriageway and the 20mph sign. Picture from Google Maps

A controversial speed limit reduction on a busy dual carriageway into Wimbledon is set to be reviewed.

Bushey Road has had a 20mph speed limit set from the Grand Drive junction towards Wimbledon Chase since November 2019.

The speed limit used to be 40mph and many drivers go over 20mph, despite occasional police radar gun controls on the roadside.

The speed limit increases to 30mph past the traffic lights at the Grand Drive junction, heading towards Shannon Corner and the A3.

Now local Councillor Jenifer Gould had said she understands the limit is set to increase to 30mph, but this would be subject to a consultation.

Merton council introduced a borough-wide 20mph speed limit in 2020, with the exception of Bushey Road beyond Grand Drive heading to the A3 and Croydon Road in Mitcham.

Before implementing the new speed limits, the council said it commissioned an analysis of their effectiveness, focusing on accident data at each of the individual limits and zones before and after installation, along with before and after traffic flow and vehicle speed data.

Councillor Gould added that it would be good to see a zebra crossing installed on Bushey Road. A campaign for a zebra crossing in nearby Cannon Hill Lane was snubbed by Merton Council in February, despite a petition backing its need signed by around 600 people.

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June 20, 2022