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Most of the spreed humps have been repaired multiple times and as most drivers can straddle them at speed damaging edges

Reported via mobile in the Damaged Speed Humps category anonymously at 12:35, Friday 16 April 2021

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 2674848.

The said speed bumps are not and have never been effective in any way re slowing traffic as they are too narrow and as such do not slow traffic.When heavy traffic eg Buses and HGV’s hit the bumps I highlighted just by the side of my house located corner Thebwell Rd just east of junction with Standens Barn Rd my house now thuds and vibrates as these vehicles hit the humps.I have not counted the HGV’s but the No5 Bus passes my house in each direction every 20 minutes . I can only see the resolve for this being to ..1. Lower the speed limit on Standens Barn Rd. to 20mph as on Great Billing Way. ..2 Widen or replace humps with better design. ...3 Remove the humps completely as it must be very expensive to keep repairing the humps. The junction outside my house has a lot of Child Pedestrian traffic trying to cross en route to and from Standens Barn Lower School so it is only a matter of time before a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle.

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  • Thank you for reporting a fault. We will use the information you have provided to assess and prioritise this fault in accordance with our published response times for fault reports.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 12:35, Friday 16 April 2021

  • Thank you for your enquiry regarding your request for the removal of traffic calming measures outside your property. Whilst we do understand the distress and apprehension felt when a vehicle passing close to your property may cause noise or vibration when crossing a speed hump, the public highway is available for the general public to pass and repass. Unfortunately our Highway Maintenance Plan does not make any allowances for problems of vibration or noise caused by either traffic movement or an uneven road surface, and only deals with issues where highway defects have occurred. If we were to utilises our highway maintenance budget in an attempt to resolve issues of noise or vibration we may then inadvertently set a precedent with other properties across the county which are experiencing similar problems. It may of course also not be the speed hump itself, underground utility services, the road surface or speed of vehicles which is causing the apparent problem but perhaps an issue with the historic design of the street or the resonation of empty juggernauts, buses or refuse collection vehicles that are passing by the property. Consequently, if noise and/or vibration is happening then unfortunately it is a matter for the home owner to prove from an independent survey that any damage to the property is caused from an actual issue with the maintenance of the carriageway, rather than Northamptonshire Highways having to provide evidence that it is not their responsibility. If following the results of an independent survey you wish to pursue a claim for damages or for insurance recovery against West Northamptonshire Council, then this can done by contacting the Council’s Insurance Team by email Insuranceclaims@northamptonshire.gov.uk or alternatively by post using the address LGSS Insurance Department, Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Angel Street, NorthamptonNN1 1ED. Nevertheless the Council’s Road Safety Team will undertake an inspection of the speed hump to ensure it meets national standards and also traffic flows and speed monitoring. Unfortunately however it is not the case of simply removing a speed hump as, along with Road Safety/Police it would require the locally elected Councillor’s agreement and support and able to work with the West Northamptonshire Council towards both local consensus and offer the appropriate funding. We would then be happy to work together towards these local aims where they conform to national guidance and current policy.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 13:53, Monday 19 April 2021

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