The Safer Roads Partnership is able to respond to requests for speed enforcement, as part of its Community Concern programme, provided there is a high level of concern from local people and the speed data collected shows an enforceable speeding problem. The Community Concern programme is run in association with Herefordshire Council.
Data was collected by the Safer Roads Partnership in March 2011 at three sites and does not indicate an enforceable speeding problem.
A438 Trumpet (60mph)
• 85% of vehicles travel at or below 53.7mph
• 2.1% of vehicles exceed the 60mph speed limit
A4172 Knapp Farm (60mph)
• 85% of vehicles travel at or below 60.3mph
• 12.65% of vehicles exceed the 60mph speed limit
A4172 Little Marcle (60mph)
• 85% of vehicles travel at or below 50.4mph
• 0.35% of vehicles exceed the 60mph speed limit
In terms of the risk posed by speeding drivers, all speeding drivers pose a risk to the safety of other road users. However, the point made by the Safer Roads Partnership in the meeting refers to the concept that in a 30mph zone a high volume of vehicles travelling at between 30-40mph presents a higher risk over a longer period of time than one high end speeder.
This data and a full report have been shared with Pixley Parish Council.
Andrew Lee-Jones, lead engineer (traffic) for Amey which manages street works on behalf of Herefordshire Council, said: “Assessment of speed limits is based upon guidelines issued by the Department for Transport, and we have to ensure that any speed limit is appropriate for the area, and likely to receive high compliance from drivers as well as preserve the local environment.
“The A4172 has recently been reviewed as part of a county-wide study to ensure consistency of limits upon all the major highway network, concluding that the ‘national’ speed limit is most appropriate for this section of road due to its rural location and appearance, vertical and horizontal alignment.
“While it is acknowledged that resident have concerns about vehicle speeds, we have to ensure that when applied speed limits have to be deemed suitable by motorists to maintain road safety. Indeed studies have revealed that in locations where speed limits are considered to be inappropriate low, collisions and injuries have increase along the network,” he added.