Traffic Calming

There are different types of traffic calming measures. Suitable measures will vary, every location is different. Traffic calming can reduce traffic speeds and improve safety for pedestrian and cyclists.

Speed in restricted areas is dangerous.

The faster the car is travelling, the worse the accident. At 35mph you are twice as likely to kill someone as you are at 30mph. Traffic calming can discourage the use of streets as short cuts and traffic levels.

Traffic calming can take the form of:

  • Physical features such as speed cushions
  • Surface treatments
  • Sign enhancements
  • Traffic Regulation Orders such as speed limits and one way streets

These measures help to manage traffic.

Most traffic calming schemes contain several features which work together to reduce speeds. All schemes must consider the impact on emergency service response times and disruption to bus service routes.

What to do next

It is often easy to gain support to reduce traffic speeds but more difficult to establish the acceptable measures. If you are able to gain local support/consensus it will help to promote your scheme. Discussion with your Network Manager and Local Councillor is important. This will ensure that your potential proposal is practical, legal and above all safe.

Many requests are received and funding is limited.  We cannot guarantee swift implementation, but we will keep you informed of the prospects for your scheme. For further information on traffic calming please contact us using the details on this page.

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