20mph Zones: Tories say learn from Manchester

Croydon’s Tories, who have opposed blanket 20mph zones, are now arguing that Croydon should learn from the apparent failure of that approach in Manchester in a contribution on Croydon Citizen.


In advance of the Croydon Debating Club debate earlier in the week (which I was not able to attend), I  emailed Stuart King, the Cabinet member,  to say that if I had been able to attend I would have asked his views on the Manchester experience.

This request was prompted by reading a letter from Cllr Tony Owen (Con) of Bromley Council published in the Evening Standard stating:

‘One aspect of street pollution in London that is rarely mentioned is the effect of 20mph zone, particularly in the outer suburbs. A recent review in Manchester has revealed that 20mph zones were ineffective and that £1.7m million of taxpayers’ money has been wasted.

If drivers obey the limits, vehicles will be emitting toxic fumes for 50 per cent longer at 20mph than 30mph and invariably incorporate “traffic calming”, with accelerating and braking adding further pollution.’

The second sentence gives the impression that the Manchester report gives figures on air pollution. It does not as you will see from the attached report.’

News on Manchester is at:


The Manchester report can be read here:

16_20mph_Speedlimits Manchester

20mph Zones are part of modern road safety strategy thinking. The Councils Scrutiny Committee consider road safety issues at its meeting on 28 March. You can listen to the debate  at:




About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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