Harrow Council said it is “fully committed” to reducing the number of people killed on the road to zero by 2041.

Its cabinet produced several reports last night (May 30), which outlined the council’s ambitions in terms of improving road safety and tackling environmental issues.

Part of this vision is the Mayor of London’s ‘Vision Zero’, which aims to eliminate all road deaths in the capital within 22 years.

Cllr Graham Henson, leader of Harrow Council, said it was important to reduce the borough’s “over-reliance on cars”.

He wants to promote a shift towards more travel by bike or on foot, something that will improve air quality and residents’ health.

“All working together on this is something we have to do when it comes to transport, because we can’t carry on as we are,” he said.

“I think this is the start of a really good journey in terms of improving the environment, which is something this borough desperately needs.”

He was particularly pleased to see an emphasis on promoting cycling among schoolchildren to ensure that they can use the road properly.

As part of its strategy, the council wants to increase cycling in the borough by an average of five per cent each year.

It also intends to increase the borough’s network of 20mph zones so that, by 2021/22, it will cover 60 per cent.

The announcement of Vision Zero last year was based on the concept that deaths on London’s roads are neither “acceptable nor inevitable”.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “The design of vehicles on London’s road is also crucial.

“That’s why we’re using the latest safety technologies to transform London’s buses and bringing in a world-leading safety standard for lorries, alongside investing record amounts in building new infrastructure to make walking and cycling a safe option in every part of the capital.”

Cllr Henson also paid tribute to the introduction of the new ultra-low emissions zone in London and urged residents to think about the impact of their cars on the environment.

He described Harrow as having “one of the worst records” in the country when it comes to using cars, particularly harmful diesel ones.