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Proposed Speed Limit - Newby
NORTH YORKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL CRAVEN AREA COMMITTEE 8 NOVEMBER 2001 PROPOSED SPEED LIMIT - NEWBY (ELECTORAL DIVISION – NORTH CRAVEN 1.0 PURPOSE OF REPORT 1.1 The purpose of this report is to inform Members of objections that have been received to a proposal to introduce a 30 mph speed limit in Newby and to recommend an appropriate course of action. 2.0 BACKGROUND 2.1 In accordance with normal practice, consultations on, and the public advertisement of, a proposal to introduce a 30 mph speed limit in the village of Newby have been carried out. Objections have been received. The proposal is No. A3.596 on the Area 3 Traffic Management Priority System. A plan is attached (Plan No. 1). 2.2 Newby is a small rural village set around a main street approximately 400 metres long. There is a village green, on which children play, along one side of the road for much of the length of the village. 2.3 Speed surveys have been taken at both entrances into the village centre. A summary of the result is set out below. Western end of Village Centre of Village Eastern end of Village (A) (B) (C) Eastbound Traffic 29 mph 20 mph 20 mph Westbound Traffic 29 mph 19 mph 19 mph 3.0 CONSULTATION & ADVERTISEMENT OF PROPOSED 30 MPH SPEED LIMIT 3.1 The Parish Council have asked for the proposed speed limit shown on Plan No. 1 to be extended to include the bend at the western end of the village. Your officers agree with this request and this amendment is shown on Plan No. 2 attached. 3.2 The Parish Council have also asked for a 20 mph, rather than 30 mph speed limit, to be introduced. Proposed Speed Limit - Newby.doc/1 2 3.3 3 letters of objection have also been received from Mr. P. W. Buckley, Dr. David Walton & Prof. P. Heelas all residents of the village. They are all asking for a 20 mph speed limit or less and express concern for the safety of children playing on the village green. 4.0 ISSUES FOR CONSIDERATION 4.1 Members will be aware that the current legal minimum level for a speed limit is 20 mph. 4.2 The current County Council policy for 20 mph speed limits, a copy of which is attached (Appendix A), states that a 20 mph speed limit may be introduced by signs only, i.e. without the provision of traffic calming, where the observed 85 percentile speed at the mid point of the length of road under consideration is 24 mph or less. This is clearly the case in Newby, as seen from the table in paragraph 2.3 above. 4.3 North Yorkshire Police have always requested that in addition to the criteria contained within the policy the following points be considered before pursuing a 20 mph speed limit:- i. A 20 mph speed limit should not be introduced at the entrance to a village or length of road where the adjoining speed limit is 60 mph (de-restricted). ii. The length of road subject to 20 mph and the lead in speed limit of either 40 mph or 30 mph should be a sufficient distance to permit effective enforcement to be carried out, if this becomes necessary. 4.4 These two points have been considered in relation to the request for a 20 mph speed limit in Newby. Your officers agree wherever practicable buffer zones should be provided to complement 20 mph speed limits. This unfortunately cannot be achieved in Newby. This is because the village is only approximately 400 metres long. The area covered by the village green, which needs the protection of the 20 mph limit covers much of this length and approximates to the practical minimum length for a speed limit. The road immediately outside this length is rural and would not support a 30 mph limit. 4.5 Transitional 30 mph buffer zones are usually needed because it would be unreasonable to expect drivers to decelerate immediately from speeds in the region of 60 mph (the national speed limit) to 20 mph without going through a transitional 30 mph. However, in the case of Newby, the approach speeds of traffic entering the village are constrained by the layout of the road and are already low (less than 29 mph at the western end of the village and 19 mph at the eastern end of the village). I do feel, therefore, that possibly in this instance, the need for a 30 mph buffer zone could be dispensed with. 4.6 I have consulted with the Police who object to the proposal for a 20 mph speed limit on the grounds that it is not intended to provide buffer zones. I have not had the opportunity to discuss the Police concerns with them and will do so prior to your meeting. Proposed Speed Limit - Newby.doc/2 3 5.0 OTHER ISSUES 5.1 One of the objectors asked for speed control humps to be installed and for safety signing. 5.2 As measured 85 percentile traffic speeds in the centre of the village are less than 20 mph already, speed humps would not be necessary for the introduction of either a 30 mph or a 20 mph speed limit. However, it is intended to provide “gateway” signing with appropriate road safety messages at the terminal points of the proposed speed limit. 6.0 CONCLUSION 6.1 The options available are: i. Implement a 30 mph limit. ii. Consult and advertise on a 20 mph limit. 6.2 I will advise members at your meeting of the recommended way forward following discussion with the Police regarding their concerns about implementing a 20 mph limit. 7.0 RECOMMENDATIONS 7.1 Members will be advised of a recommendation on the way forward at your meeting. M O MOORE Director of Environmental Services Background Papers : None Author of Report: W Isherwood Presenter of Report: W Isherwood Proposed Speed Limit - Newby.doc/3
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