Consultation on Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire speed limits

By anthony carroll


Sunday, July 15, 2012
1:04 PM

People and groups in East Anglia are being asked on their views on lowering speed limits on rural and urban roads to help save lives.

People and groups in East Anglia are being asked on their views on lowering speed limits on rural and urban roads to help save lives.

The Department of Transport has launched a three-month consultation on guidance on how reducing speed limits can save lives and improve the quality of people’s lives.

The consultation is examining rural and urban speed limits and will be used to help local authorities set speed limits.

In the rural speed management section of the consultation papers is a proposal to bring in 40mph limits for single carriage roads where there are many bends, junctions or accesses, substantial development or a number of vulnerable road users.

It could also cover national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty and minor rural roads.

For high quality strategic A and B roads with few bends, junctions or accesses a speed limit of 60mph is recommended.

A 5omph limit is suggested for lower quality A and B roads that have relatively high number of bends, junctions or accesses.

Rural roads present the highest risk accounting for 68pc of fatalities in 2010. Nearly half of these deaths took place on roads with a 60 mph limit.

In urban areas the government suggests 20mph limits can be in areas where “pedestrian and cyclist movements are high, such as around schools, shops, markets, playgrounds and other areas, where vehicle movement is not the primary function”.

The consultation ends on October 5.

It is not looking at national limits of 30mph on street lit roads, 60mph on single carriageway roads and 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways.

The consultation can be found www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2012-32


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  • Much as it is great to live in this beautiful area, one real problem is the average age of the drivers, must be close to 100!! All have Nissan Micras and have the speed set to precisely 38mph, irrespective of the speed limit above or below that! The journey to Norwich fills me with despair, you’ll be on a nice clear bit of road on a dry day, in a well maintained car and there’ll be this endless stream in front of you, the leader being…………..yes, yet another Micra at precisely 38mph! The worst possible scenario is another one, or even worse, two, behind the first one, then there is zero possibility of anyone overtaking, even where safe so we all head to Norwich at 38mph. You hope for better on the way home, just passing Norwich Rugby club you’ll meet the first one!.
    Seriously though, although we are all aware that excessive speed is dangerous, the frustration of being stuck at 38mph all the way from Norwich is probably worse. Any possibility of a blanket 40mph would drive me to (dangerous) frustration.

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    Ian

    Sunday, July 15, 2012

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  • Too many rural roads are badly maintained and verges with unchecked vegitation restricting visibilty must have some impact? For any law to be effective it must be capable of being properly policed. A few years ago, when this was first proposed, the police spoke out against a reduction saying that it was not capable of benig policed. Bad laws tend to get ignored and can result in a pick and choose approach for any law which is both wrong and detrimental to us all.

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    andy

    Sunday, July 15, 2012

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  • This so called consultation is based on the premise that speed is THE factor in accidents. The last Transport Research Laboratory (a government body) report that I was aware of stated that inappropriate speed was the prime cause of an accident in only 15% of the cases. We need to move away from dogma and address the real causes.

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    andy

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  • Its not the speed limits that need looking at it is the idiots that are using the roads and the state of the roads that require repairing. Plus the worst offenders is the Mothers doing the school run and droping them off at junctions double parking considering some of them only live approx 5 to 600 yards from the schools.

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    Dave

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  • Its not the speed limits that need looking at it is the idiots that are using the roads and the state of the roads that require repairing. Plus the worst offenders is the Mothers doing the school run and droping them off at junctions double parking considering some of them only live approx 5 to 600 yards from the schools.

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    Dave

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  • Just remember that “Consultation” means nothing. Consultation is someone in an Ivory Tower asking you “What do you think of this?” You sensibly reply “It’s utter rubbish for x,y,z reasons” Next thing you know it’s implemented anyway and when you complain all you get is “You were consulted”. Now, NEGOTIATION, that’s a horse of a different colour…

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    ThePresence

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  • Around the A140 corridor many people, even when getting to the ‘de-restriction’ sign at the end of a 50mph stretch seem to think the limit is still 50! Can cause frustration, with some drivers taking stupid risks to get past them.
    Also, I have had personal experience of meeting a traffic hazard of a large mass of cyclists three or four abreast, riding along a country lane, in diminished visibility, no lights, no distinctive clothing, treating motorists with no respect. I met them on a bend so I had zero warning of their approach and they obviously couldn’t have cared less! Fortunately I WAS driving according to the conditions, doing less than 25mph – they were going far quicker! If they get hit no doubt it would be the poor driver who gets blamed!!
    Before introducing new rules why not publicise and enforce the existing ones?

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    jayprime

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