The Chairman for Transport and Air Quality Committee has confirmed that 20mph signage will continue to roll out across Richmond.

Councillor Alexander Ehmann is also requesting that all road users should look out for 30mph signs and ‘report it as soon as possible,’ as the Council replaces them with 20mph signs.

The scheme began in August and has successfully been rolled out in Hampton, Kew, Teddington and Hampton Wick.

However, in order to ensure that the scheme is an easy transition for drivers, Richmond has been split into 25 areas that have boundaries like rivers or railway stations.

When signage is installed it is initially covered. However, when the area is complete, the covers are removed and the 20mph limit formally goes live in that area, and is therefore enforced.

Cllr Ehmann said: “Officers are working hard to install the new signage as effectively as possible in each area.

“Drivers are reminded that when the covers for signs are removed, the 20mph is live and therefore subject to enforcement.

“If you see signage for 20mph, please do drive with this speed limit in mind.

“While the council are working to minimise any teething problems, if residents notice an odd rogue 30mph sign still in place, please report it as soon as possible so we can arrange for its removal.”

The Council has also installed road markings near schools and speed cameras to remind road users of the newly 20mph reduced speed.

Cllr Ehmann continued: “We will update residents on the completion of each phase via our web pages and social media. Please do check road signage and the schedule online.”

The announcement comes after a 2018 consultation which saw around 10,000 residents voice their opinions on the idea that speed limits should be reduced in Richmond, some parts of the A305, A308, A310 but exclude all TfL red routes.

Respondents to the 2018 consultation were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with the Council’s proposal to implement a borough-wide 20mph speed limit.

There were 9,864 responses to this question. 48% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the proposal, 50% disagreed or strongly disagreed and 2% neither agreed nor disagreed.

*Correction: In this article it had previously been stated that "10,000 residents agreed to the idea that speed limits should be reduced in Richmond" - this was an error, and should have read that 10,000 residents voiced their opinions in the consultation, as amended.