20mph pilot scheme agreed for FarnboroughBy Tim Harris
March 19, 2013
SPEEDING traffic affecting the quality of life of residents in south Farnborough will be tackled by a new traffic scheme.
Those in Farnborough’s North Camp village have backed a ‘residential 20’ pilot scheme, which is expected to be rolled out from April.
Hampshire County Council confirmed preparations for the 20mph trial, including advertising traffic regulation orders, will also be made in April, with the implementation of the speed limits to follow on from this.
The North Camp residential 20mph scheme will be brought into force in Queens Road, Somerset Road, York Road, Peabody Road, Sherborne Avenue, Yeovil Close, Yeovil Road, Camp Road, High Street, Morris Road, Gordon Road, Gravel Road, Closeworth Road and a section of Lynchford Road.
The scheme was approved last September, and results from a winter consultation showed public support for the scheme.
A total of 73% of the 263 people surveyed said the scheme was a good idea and they were behind it, while 24% said it was not a good idea.
In addition, 42% said traffic speed is currently a problem for the quality of life, while 56% said it was affecting their safety.
John Wall, Hampshire county councillor for Farnborough south, said: “This shows that there is public concern. The scheme will be used to respond to the concerns of the residents and try to make things better for them.”
Cllr Wall confirmed there would be three speed monitoring points positioned in the North Camp 20mph zone, suggesting there could possibly be some form of speed gun. He said the North Camp speed trial would last for 12 months.
Councillor Mel Kendal, deputy leader and executive member for environment and transport for the county council, underlined how important it is for residents to obey the new speed limit if the scheme is to be successful.
“It is essential that local people support the introduction of 20mph speed restrictions,” he said.
“Department for Transport guidance states that generally, 20mph speed limits should be self enforcing.
“The police are unlikely to treat enforcement as a priority in the residential 20mph areas and so we will need the support of residents through their participation in community speed watch programmes.”
Cllr Wall echoed the comments of Cllr Kendal, suggesting the responsibility now lies with residents. He added: “The local residents have to buy into the scheme. If residents in the area are prepared to drive at 20mph rather than 25 or 30mph, then they will themselves slow the traffic and will get a benefit.
“I am going to watch it with interest.
“This is an experiment to see whether we can lower the current speeds to improve the quality of life for residents.”
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) explained how this type of traffic scheme can benefit all road users.
“Limits of 20mph are very effective at protecting people, especially children, pedestrians and cyclists, from being killed or injured,” said Kevin Clinton, head of road safety for RoSPA.
“Lower speeds make crashes less likely and less severe when they do happen. They also encourage more people to walk and cycle by providing a more pleasant and safer environment.”
The county council will roll out a residential 20 scheme in the Clarence Road, Connaught Road, Albert Street and Albany Road area in Hart, as well as eight other locations. The council said the 20mph speed limits will be indicated in North Camp by roadside signs and 20mph road marking ‘roundals’ on the road surface.