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Haringey Borough Council defends plans for borough-wide 20mph speed limit
Haringey Borough Council has defended its plan to introduce a borough-wide 20mph speed limit after claims the measures would increase congestion and ‘paralyse’ streets.
The council announced a scheme to slow down drivers, to reduce pollution and increase safety on the roads.
Yesterday members of the Bounds Green and District Residents’ Association expressed concerns over the plans.
They claim cars already travel at 20mph because of the congestion and any attempt to slow traffic further would only make it worse.
And the plans would not reduce pollution as driving at 20mph still requires cars to operate in third gear and lorries and buses pollute more in lower gears.
In a statement from the authority a spokeswoman said a consultation over the plans is still taking place and a final decision has not yet been made.
She said: “Introducing a 20mph speed limit on all roads could help make the borough safer for all pedestrians and road users by making it the norm to travel at lower speeds and reducing the number of serious accidents.
“The three-month consultation offers an opportunity for everyone to share their views on the scheme.
“All views will be taken into account when a final decision on whether or not to introduce a borough-wide limit is taken.”
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