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speed limits

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Petition to Highways England, Herefordshire Highways Authority

Safety Petition to prevent more serious accidents on A49

Safety petition A49 south of Hereford city (SO 50060 35852) 20.03.16. This petition aims to achieve changes to the signage and road layout on the A49, a road that has been the site of many accidents, injuries and fatalities throughout its whole length. Specifically this is a response to a serious accident that occurred on a stretch of road between the Grafton Garages and the relief road roundabout on Wednesday 16th March when a Landrover and sheep trailer hit the back of a car in which a mother and her child were trying to turn right into Norton Brook Lane. The trailer overturned onto the top of the car; another car was also involved in which the pregnant mother and child were thankfully unhurt, but the father suffered a serious leg fracture. He had to be cut out of his car. Norton Brook Lane is in constant use as it is the turn to a day nursery. Traffic needing to turn right into the lane are highly vulnerable as the turning is hidden, narrow and poorly signed, and cars that have gathered speed down the Callow Hill are often driving too fast to stop behind cars turning right. This problem has been present for many years and the recent accident has highlighted the danger of this stretch of road, and the fact that it is young children and babies who are regularly at risk. The petition will go to Highways England, local councillors and MPs, and the members of the Highways and Transport cabinet of Herefordshire Council. Your signature on this petition will help to improve the safety of everyone using this road and highlight the dangers of black spots on the A49. Following a major accident at this site on Wednesday 16th March 2016, we the undersigned request the following:  1. A 40 mph speed limit on the A49 from SO 50451 36583 to SO 49802 35447   2. The creation of a wide splay at the bottom of Norton Brook Lane to alert drivers on the A49 to the presence of this turning and make it clear why there are Reduce Speed signs. A wide splay would also improve visibility and leave more space for two cars or tractors to pass easily when one is entering and the other leaving.  3 Installation of school warning signs in both directions on the A49.  4. Improvement of the visibility of the Reduce Speed warning signs.

Caroline Slough
3,069 supporters
Update posted 2 months 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
255 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Peter Katsambanis MLA

Prioritise Safety and Efficiency on our roads instead of Revenue Raising!

In WA, we have a horrible fascination with "speed cameras" that hide behind bushes and fine people extortionate sums of money for less than 10kmh over the speed limit. Meanwhile, we have people causing congestion by sitting in the right hand lane of our Freeway, 10kmh under the limit. This isnt covered with these cameras, and doesn't do anything to solve our congestion issues.  My proposal is not to totally abolish speed cameras, but rather repurpose them in combination with other techniques to improve safety on our roads. These cameras should be placed in high risk areas, such as school zones, and be highly visible as a deterrent to speeding. That way the fines only impact those that have a disdain for the safety of others. People wont speed through an area that is clearly marked as having a camera. If they do, they suffer the consequence. Police should focus on enforcing the "Keep Left" law which eliminates congestion directly. Fines for this can be increased to counter the "loss" from low range speeding fines. I dare say that it may actually be more profitable than fining for low range speeding... My final point is to use more common sense when making speed limits on our roads. For example, Gnangara Road used to be a dimly lit single carriageway with a comparatively poor road surface with a limit of 90kmh . These upgrades made the road a dual carriageway, with better lighting and smooth roads, and it is now only 80kmh! Leach Hwy is a three lane highway, yet is only 70kmh! If we set our speed limits according to the 85th percentile rule, and focus on targeting drivers who fail to stay left, not only will our roads be safer, they will also be much more efficient. To determine the 85th percentile of certain roads, we could use speed cameras to measure the speeds of people on these roads, take an average from it, and implement it safely. This could be done on the Mitchell and Kwinana Freeways as a start. Obviously, police presence would be required to dissuade hoons from doing unsafe speeds on the road compared to the flow of traffic. These are a few issues I've identified driving on our roads, and hopefully they can be assessed in the near future. Let's make our roads safer!

Chris Duncan
284 supporters