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speed limits

12 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to adrian.edwards@westberks.gov.uk

REDUCTION IN SPEED LIMIT - ANDOVER ROAD, NEWBURY RG14

Hi, The more I have been involved in the "Stop the Warren Road Access", the more it has become apparent to me that there is a problem with the Andover Road from a pedestrian and vehicle road safety perspective.  I have made inquiries in to the possibility of reducing the speed limits in the local area.  Now, with the support of the Headteachers and Governors of both Falkland and Park House Schools, the area we are looking at is around Falkland Primary and Park House schools, 30 mph to 20 mph extending to the junction of Monks Lane, to also include a stretch of Warren Road leading from the Andover Road to the side gate of Park House School.  In addition, extending the current 30 mph limit to the end of the residential area on the Andover Road (which is currently 40 mph). On this stretch of the Andover Road, there have been several near misses involving children who attend the local schools, 1 fatality in 2000 near to the junction of Kendrick Road, 4 reported incidents since 2012 in the area of the schools and 2 vehicles have left the road within a 10 month period in the area of Gorselands and Conifer Crest (one crossing the pavement and another falling into the ditch).  There may be more that I have missed but unless the Emergency Services attend it is not recorded and the statistics are difficult to obtain.  I have personally seen another vehicle crash at the junction of Conifer Crest which as far as I know was dealt with privately but was fairly significant.  The geography of the many cul-de-sacs situated off the Andover Road and the traffic flow, means it is difficult to enter the Andover Road by car, and so a reduction in speed of the oncoming traffic would go a long way to assisting with this and making it safer.  The relationship between the speed that a vehicle is travelling at the time it hits a pedestrian is also known to greatly effect the severity of the injuries.  The situation on the Andover Road was viewed as "already quite unacceptable" during a visit by the Highway Officers in Apr 15 (The Highways and Transport Response to the Sandleford Planning Application) and with the proposed addition of the Warren Road Access I feel we are justified in our requests. I also feel that there is a need for a zebra crossing in close proximity to the bus stop and dog bin/footpath situated on the Andover Road between Conifer Crest and Ladwell Close.  There are many dog walkers, children and elderly residents within the vicinity for whom the pedestrian crossing approx quarter of a mile distant is insufficient and this makes crossing the road difficult and therefore discourages them from using sustainable methods of transport promoted by the Government when using the facilities in the local area. Obviously, I do not know the strength of feeling within our local community for these changes and so I thought the best way of gauging what people would like was via this method, although it is not going to be used as a petition.  If the initiative gets support, Councillor Adrian Edwards will then use it, referring it to the Head of Highways and others. Your comments alongside your name would be appreciated as again it would be used to see if you support any of the proposals.  If you just enter your name it will be assumed that you are in agreement with all the suggestions.  Many thanks and please spread the word, Julie Knapman  

Julie Knapman
241 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Chris Grayling, Humza Yousaf

Simplify the National Speed Limits!

Speed limits aren't as straightforward as you might think! A scary number of motorists are being caught out with speeding convictions because they're completely oblivious or bamboozled by the fact that speed limits on roads can vary depending on what classification your vehicle falls under. If you drive a Van or LGV/HGV you should be aware that the national speed limit is 10 miles an hour less than other vehicles on single and dual carriageways. However, if you drive a pick up truck or a car derived van, it can become a very grey area. Even the police sometimes struggle to define which speed limit is applicable to these vehicles, and the advice provided by the department for transport has been singularly unhelpful. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/car-derived-vans-and-dual-purpose-vehicles/car-derived-vans-and-dual-purpose-vehicles Instead of trying to establish whether or not a complex series of rules and exemptions apply, what we'd like is the law to be updated for so called "dual purpose vehicles" and other commercial vehicles including vans and car derived vans, as the current legislation is outdated and not fit for purpose. Our suggested change would be for the national speed limit to be standardised to 60mph on single carriageways and 70mph on dual carriageways for all vehicles that weigh less than 3.5t (driveable on a standard 'B' licence), and the lower speed limits to only apply to vehicles over 3.5t (requiring a 'C1' or 'C' licence & above to drive) or vehicles towing a trailer (requiring a 'B+E' licence). This change would: - simplify the current legislation - modernise a law written 30 years ago for old vehicles using drum brakes, and taking into account advances in safety technology like disc brakes, improved stopping distances and ABS on modern vehicles - increase safety on roads by allowing the traffic to flow better - reduce driver frustration and the number of vehicles dangerously overtaking on bad roads (especially on roads like the A9). - allow businesses to move more efficiently across the country, reducing carbon emissions and delays - Reduce driver fatigue by reducing the number of hours spent behind the wheel each week, hopefully in turn reducing the number of accidents each year involving tired commercial drivers

Ben Law
1,911 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Nottinghamshire County Council

Reduce speed limit on Coxmoor Road

As MP for Ashfield, I am backing local residents in their campaign to get the speed limit on the road they live on reduced from its current 60mph status. I met with members of the Sutton Junction Residents’ Association who raised their concerns about the speed that traffic travels at along Coxmoor Road. The road has a 60mph speed limit and residents want it to be reduced because they think it is too fast and too dangerous for vehicles to travel this fast on a residential street. They say there have been a number of accidents and near misses and that walking along the pavement is taking a risk when HGVs can go thundering past at such a speed. I have written to highways chiefs at Nottinghamshire County Council, urging them to look into the matter and reduce the limit as appropriate. The residents are clear that there is a serious safety issue with the 60mph speed limit on Coxmoor Road. We are asking for the council to look at reducing this limit because people live on this street and we want action to be taken before someone is injured or worse. In response Nottinghamshire County Council said; "Changes to speed limits are not deliverable in the short-term (due to the funding and capacity available to deliver them, as well as the lengthy delivery period). Traffic regulation orders are required to legally implement speed limits and make them enforceable and the Local Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedure) (England and Wales) Regulations 1996 sets out the procedure to be followed when making these which includes consultation and publicity. In addition, consultation on the traffic regulation order for the proposed speed limit may result in objections which will need to be considered as part of the process.  However, the request to reduce the speed limit on the B6139 Coxmoor Road Sutton in Ashfield has been assessed and the location will be considered for inclusion in a future year’s programme subject to budget. Limitations and approval from the Communities and Place Committee at NCC, unfortunately we cannot say when it may be included in the programme." With Tory cuts hitting councils, I want Nottinghamshire County Council to ensure that the speed limit is assessed and included in the programme. Lives are are risk and people are merely becoming a number due to budget restraints.

Gloria De Piero MP
502 supporters