70% of the 24,000 vehicles using our village every week break the speed limit. How should we respond to these results from our survey?
First of all, a big thank you to everyone supporting our efforts to slow down the traffic by displaying your free 30 mph stickers on your wheelie bins. Now, thanks to you, motorists using Botley Road and Jasons Hill can be in no doubt of the 30mph limit.
The issue came top in the Survey of residents’ concerns and we have been trying to find the best solutions while constrained by a small budget. We’ve long been aware that we haven’t had accurate data on how bad the problem is. So, in November we commissioned a week of speed monitoring by Thames Valley Police at two points on Botley Road (near Grooms Farm and Wannions Close) and one on Jason’s Hill. (Police advised that the road past the School wasn’t suitable because parked cars there get in the way of the equipment.)
A SUMMARY OF RESULTS FROM ALL THREE LOCATIONS
*AVERAGE SPEED: 32.7 mph i.e. over the designated limit for Ley Hill.
* PERCENTAGE OF VEHICLES EXCEEDING THE LIMIT: 70%.
* NUMBER OF VEHICLES EXCEEDING 35MPH DURING ONE WEEK: Botley Road 5525. Jasons Hill: 2803.
* NUMBER OF VEHICLES EXCEEDING 45MPH DURING ONE WEEK: Botley Road 438. Jasons Hill: 131.
*NUMBER OF MOTORISED VEHICLE JOURNEYS IN ONE WEEK: Botley Road 17,200 and Jason’s Hill 7743.
(Please note: there were road works on Botley Road for several days during the survey and this may well have caused traffic to slow down during those times.)
Although some of these figures are high, they are unlikely to attract funding for any major traffic calming projects because accident data is low.
But we are continuing to reinforce the message that the speed limit is 30mph and will be putting up temporary speed limit signs over the next few weeks. If you have any thoughts on these figures or new ideas on how to tackle this issue, please contact a Parish Councillor.
LATIMER PARISH COUNCIL
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