Posted by: braddenvillage | February 15, 2010

Speed Limits – Getting them lowered

Getting the speed limit lowered

After the last Parish meeting, it became apparent that whilst everyone in attendance was of the view that cars frequently travel through our village at an unsafe speed, what to do about it, was not so cut and dried.

Although a vote was taken at the Parish meeting, and carried in favour of seeking a reduction of the speed limit, the Council felt that given the number of attendees at the meeting reflected less than 50% of the village, further reflection should be given to the issue before any action was taken.

Northamptonshire County Council have now published a webpage dealing with this very issue (7.10.09). Click here to go to the web page.

In brief:

If you would like a speed limit to be lowered, raised or extended, you contact the County Council. Your request will then be assessed. The Police view on a change to a speed limit is important and will be sought.

The characteristics of the road, such as its alignment, the level of activity alongside the road, the accident record and the degree of severance caused to a community by the speed of vehicles will be taken into account.

If it is considered that a change in the speed limit is warranted then a new speed limit order has to be made. This involves a statutory legal process that takes approximately 4 to 5 months to complete.

The website helpfully includes links to 2 pdf files:

The first relates to Speed limit information 2009 – 2010 : Click here to go to page

The second relates to the Speed Limit Review 2008 – 2011: Click here to go to page

In our case, as we do not have street lighting, repeater signs would be necessary at “regular intervals”.

The phrase ‘at regular intervals’ is not defined in TSRGD,(Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002) but the former Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions issued guidance to highway authorities in 1995 (Traffic Advisory Leaflet 01/95: Speed Limit Signs).

This leaflet includes a table showing the recommended distances between consecutive repeater signs and between the first/last repeater signs and the start/end of a speed limit. Different recommendations apply according to the type of road. These recommendations are reproduced in the table that follows.

The editor welcomes any observations arising from the information below – please complete the comments box.

Type of road Max. distance between consecutive signs on the same side of the carriageway Max. distance between consecutive signs on alternate sides of the carriageway Max. distance between start/end of length of road required to be signed and first/last repeater
Road more than 250m in length:
(i) on which the speed limit is less than 30mph; or
(ii) where there is a 30mph limit, but a system of street lighting is not provided (or lights are more than 200 yards apart)

400m 250m 200m
Road more than 350m in length:
(i) with a maximum speed limit of 40mph; or
(ii) with a minimum speed limit; or
(iii) where a system of street lighting is provided (lamps not more than 200 yards apart) and the national speed limit applies
500m 350m 250m

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