Hampshire County Council is proposing a speed limit reduction from 40 to 30mph on the main A3023, between New Cut and Mill Rythe roundabout.
- http://www3.hants.gov.uk/pnadetail?noticeUID=2530 for the announcement
- http://www3.hants.gov.uk/councilmeetings/advsearchmeetings/meetingsitemdocuments.htm?sta=&pref=Y&item_ID=3513&tab=2&co=&confidential= for the supporting information
- http://www.hayling.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=46681 for discussion on Hayling Forum
- https://www.facebook.com/haylingisland for discussion on Facebook
This is actually a huge road safety improvement, and we should make sure it doesn’t get shouted down by the vocal minority. Some facts :
- It’s not ‘plucked out of the air’, it’s part of a national programme by the Department for Transport to reduce traffic casualties.
- Hampshire County Council were required by law to review speed limits on their most accident-prone roads – they picked the top 140.
- Ours ranks about 50th most dangerous in the whole county, with an average of 6 collisions and 1 fatality/serious injury per year.
- It was also one of the busiest, with an average of 18,399 movements per day.
- It fails many DfT guidelines for a 40 mph road, and has barely changed since the 1950’s, when the population of Hayling was a quarter of now, and traffic was a tenth, and inherently much slower.
- The road and pavements are narrow, and pass through residential and shopping areas, with several difficult junctions. Crossing the road is frightening for anyone, let alone children or the aged or infirm.
- Cyclists also find it pretty intimidating, and many journeys have no easy alternative route.
- At 40 mph, hit pedestrians are 4 times as likely to die compared to 30 mph (DfT).
- The whole section is 2 miles.
- At 30 mph, it would take 4 minutes
- At 40 mph, it would take 3 minutes, IF YOU COULD DO 40 MPH through the S bends, and meet no other traffic.
- In reality, you would be lucky to save more than 10 or 20 seconds, driving legally.
- TomTom satnav estimates a saving of FIVE SECONDS.
Five to 20 seconds extra is a tiny price to pay to save 1 life or serious injury a year.
- set speed limits that are evidence led, clear, consistent and reinforce the public’s assessment of a safe speed to travel;
- assist with reductions in collision frequency and severity;
- manage speed in a way that is appropriate for the road function, social needs and local characteristics; and
- serve the needs of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians, as well as the drivers and riders of motorised vehicles.