Search

Golders Green mum celebrates victory in six-month battle to introduce 20mph speed limit

10:00 04 April 2014

Katherine Travers on North End Road. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Katherine Travers on North End Road. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

A mother-of-two who waged a six-month campaign to increase safety at a notorious accident blackspot is celebrating victory after Barnet Council agreed to cut the speed limit.

Katherine Travers began lobbying the council to reduce the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in North End Road, Golders Green, in October, setting up an online petition and blog calling for change.

The stretch of road, used by pupils at King Alfred School and Clowns Nursery School, has long been a concern for residents and was the scene of two pedestrian deaths in 2004 and 2007.

On Wednesday last week, the council’s Finchley and Golders Green area environment sub-committee agreed to introduce a 20mph limit along the road as a matter of priority, ahead of a future review of road safety in the area.

Ms Travers, who lives in North End Road, said: “It’s brilliant. All my councillors were fantastic. King Alfred was trying for so long to get better measures and to get the traffic to slow down, so they’ve been really supportive.

“It’s a positive win. A large review will be hugely beneficial.”

Hampstead Garden Suburb councillor Daniel Seal, who sits on the environment sub-committee, described the introduction of the speed limit as a “plaster on the wound”.

“Our objective is that we want a solution that will put safety first and if we feel we need to give 20mph a go, we’ll give it a go,” he said.

“Then we’ll assess if that has solved the problem or if we need to do something else.

“The problem is, if you put a 20mph limit in, then the next road will want 20mph and then the next road will want 20mph. We are trying to be a bit more strategic.”

In January, the Ham&High reported Ms Travers’s concerns that North End Road had become a “death trap” for schoolchildren following the introduction of Camden’s borough-wide 20mph speed limit.

Last year, Camden Council introduced 20mph speed limit signs outside the Old Bull and Bush pub, in North End Way, Hampstead.

This was quickly followed by the arrival of new 30mph signs further down the road – across the border with Barnet – in North End Road.

Ms Travers said the new one-way 30mph signs were encouraging drivers to speed up as they entered Barnet from Camden, travelling towards King Alfred School, in North End Road.

“Camden went to a borough-wide 20mph and then we had a speed increase which made the problem even worse,” she said.

On Wednesday, Barnet Council’s cabinet was due to consider recommendations from a task force convened to explore a borough-wide approach to 20mph speed limits.

The recommendations to cabinet included the introduction of a “dedicated policy on 20mph limits and zones” and to allow “any schools in the borough to opt-in for a 20mph limit”.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

14:44
Hero German Shepherd Schutzen with John Chandler's son Leslie, eight, and sister Christine, seven, who he saved from the fire. Picture: Alistair Macdonald

It is now a proud Highgate landmark, but beloved Lauderdale House would have burned to the ground long ago had it not been for the actions of one brave pooch.

West End star Tim McArthur (centre) with Louise Clayton (left) and Jackie Marks. Picture: Tony Gay

Tim McArthur is an actor, singer, director and presenter who is starring in Bathhouse The Musical at Above The Stag Theatre. He has lived in Highgate since 1997 and programmed Cabaret in The House at Lauderdale House since 2001. On April 17 he interviews his dear chum, actress Su Pollard, to raise money the Lauderdale Transformed crowdfunding campaign.

16:30
Plans for a 13-room basement extension at Grove Lodge in Hampstead have caused an outcry from neighbours

Plans to dig a 13-room basement under a landmark Grade II listed farmhouse in Hampstead, immortalised by painter John Constable, have caused an outcry from conservationists and divided neighbours.

14:11
Suspect is behind bars

A Romanian man is behind bars charged with burglary after a pensioner discovered a thief in her kitchen rifling through her handbag.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Munch on a tasy three course dinner at The Refinery!

“Where to go for a drink near Great Portland Street?” was previously met with blank expressions and shrugs for those local to the area, not anymore, thanks to the opening of The Refinery at Regent’s Place, the eighth bar and restaurant from hugely-successful group Drake & Morgan.

Funky adidias iPhone cases up for grabs!

We’ve teamed up with adidas Originals to give away four iPhone 5/5s cases.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder