City of London plans to cut speed limit to reduce pollution

 City of London plans to cut speed limit to reduce pollution

LONDON (Reuters) - The City of London Corporation, which runs London's historic finance district, has proposed a new, lower speed limit of 15 miles per hour and the closure of some streets at lunchtime in an effort to reduce air pollution.

The City of London is the oldest, continuous representative local government in the world, running the area that is home to the Bank of England and St Paul's Cathedral for at least 1,000 years.

More than half a million people commute into the City every weekday and the authorities have already started working to reduce air pollution in the area.

The current speed limit in the City is 20 mph for roads controlled by the corporation, while some larger roads have a 30 mph limit.

The 15 mph limit could go into effect as soon as 2021.

"These radical plans will ensure the continued success of not just the City, but wider London and the UK as a leading global business and cultural destination,” said Alastair Moss, chair of the corporation's transport and planning committee.

(Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; editing by Stephen Addison)

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Updated Date: May 25, 2019 00:07:51 IST