Is speeding the problem?

David writes:  My comments regarding flashing speed restriction signs and waisted entry to the village is that this is a waste of time and money. Really, is there a speed problem in the village, I don’t think so, there’s too many cars parked on the street for that. As for a waisted entry, this only encourages drivers to speed up to nip through before opposing traffic.

Our reponse:  Some drivers do go too fast through the village, particularly along King Street and Castle Hill Road.  They certainly exceed the 20mph limit.  Pedestrians and other road users fear the consequences of excess speed.  The problem is that we don’t know the size of the problem such as the proportion of cars speeding and by how much the limit is exceeded.  We can’t measure this because the equipment to measure traffic speed is only available to communities with 30mph speed limits. 

The more we think about it, the more it appears that the main problems are difficulties with large lorries and inconsiderate parking that blocks access such as outside St Mary’s.  Police resource issues prevent enforcement for such matters in our village although in the latter case some community action may help.

We know that flashing signs are some help to reduce traffic speed but we can’t measure how much without the equipment.  We have no intention of  having waisted gateways, by the way.

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