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30mph is outdated & dangerous, change it to 20mph!!!!

Reported via mobile in the Potholes / Highway Condition category anonymously at 18:13, Thursday 8 April 2021

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 2660789.

The nation joint a campaign to reduce the existing 30mph to 20mph in towns. This is to improve residents safety and life. The roud would be safer and quieter too,proven to be more effective than road bumps.

Can Kettering's streets join in too?

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    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 18:14, Thursday 8 April 2021

  • Even the 30 mph sign is missing/ has been taken. Why? Need to change it to 20mph anyway fo safety, especially because there are no road bumps on this residential street.

    Posted anonymously at 15:43, Monday 12 April 2021

  • Thank you for your query to Highways Street Doctor Service with regard to your request for the introduction of 20mph speed restrictions throughout Kettering. Northamptonshire Highways receives many requests each year for the introduction of 20mph speed limits. These will only be considered in exceptional cases and where there would be an expectation that they would deliver a collision and casualty reduction benefit and would also need the support of the Police. 20mph limits are costly to implement as they generally require the introduction of physical traffic calming measures in order to gain compliance. Unless the road has purposely been designed to be tortuous keep vehicle speeds around the 20mph mark, such as on new housing developments, they will not be effective. As well as the expense, traffic calming measures can also reduce the amount of parking available in an area and often have a detrimental aesthetic and visual impact on the environment and are often unpopular with nearby residents. A signed only scheme without any physical measures would be very unlikely to change the behaviour of the drivers who do travel at the higher end of the speed range. The Police will not support the introduction of 20mph limits unless they are basically self-enforcing as with their limited resources this can lead to unrealistic expectations of Police enforcement. We would only therefore consider these in exceptional circumstances and then this would have to be approved by the Speed Limit Review Panel which consists of Road Safety officers and the Police. The panel looks at speed and accident data and the nature of the road in question and then, using Department of Transport guidelines determines what the appropriate speed limit for a particular area should be. This process allows for conformity in the setting of speed limits throughout the county and also ensures that our limits are consistent with other authorities throughout the country who also use the same guidelines. The Department for Transport commissioned a review of the effectiveness of 20mph restrictions in 2018 and a summary of their findings are below: • Public support for 20mph (signed only) limits but concern about non-compliance • Minor changes in driven speeds: median speed fell 0.7mph in residential areas and 0.9mph in city Centre areas • Road characteristics have a much larger impact on driven speeds than whether the road has a 30mph or 20mph limit • No significant change in short term in collisions and casualties in the majority of case studies The majority of people in the areas surveyed have not noticed a reduction in the speed of vehicles, and do not perceive there to be fewer vehicles driving at excessive speeds where a limit is reduced by simply changing the signing. There are therefore no current proposals to introduce blanket 20mph speed limit restrictions in any areas of the county.

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 16:07, Wednesday 14 April 2021

  • Following an on-site risk based assessment there is no action required at this time.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 16:07, Wednesday 14 April 2021

  • Could you attach these findings; when were these taken, for how long and where in the Uk? Could your findings you relaying on be outdated? New and recent studies says the opposite of your findings, therefore many towns changed 30mph to 20 mph recently ( not in new development areas) because of the proven safety records and significant noise reduction, which are both problematic in Kettering. Regarding to speeding, ofcourse those who speed 40-50mph in a 30mph zone it won't change a thing, that's why we have the police, but it also raise another question; why don't we have working speed cameras in Kettering? There is clearly an issue with speeding and noise, speed cameras are amazing technology to stop and reduce both and has been used for a very long time.

    Posted anonymously at 08:50, Thursday 15 April 2021

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 08:51, Thursday 15 April 2021

  • Thank you for your further comments. The study was undertaken by a firm of consultants (Atkins) on behalf of The Department for Transport in November 2018. If you Google “Atkins 20mph Research Study” the document should be accessible. The existing safety cameras were all decommissioned in 2011, as a result of a spending review undertaken by the local authority and the withdrawal of the government’s Specific Road Safety Grant and any change in policy would require political support. Enforcement is now undertaken by the Police’s Safer Road Team using a fleet of mobile camera vans which operate around the entire county which ensures a flexible approach and promotes public reassurance that speeding offences are taken seriously. If you have a general concern about speeding in your community, please contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on the followings link. Neighbourhood Policing Team. The old safety camera casings remain in place and continue to face strategically towards the carriageway in order to take advantage of their significant deterrent effect on speeding motorists and consequent positive influence on anti-social driver behaviour. I’m sure that as technology moves on cars will automatically be limited to certain speeds within residential areas but for present I hope that this explains the situation.

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 17:06, Tuesday 20 April 2021

  • Following an on-site risk based assessment there is no action required at this time.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 17:07, Tuesday 20 April 2021

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