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Speed through the village

Reported in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 18:28, Thursday 23 July 2020

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

I posted a message about the dangerous speed of the traffic through the village - which is an obvious danger to pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders, children and dog walkers - the speed limit urgently needs to be reduced to 20. The response to my post was that it was a police concern - this is not a police concern this is the responsibility of the council and the local traffic authorities. I was not saying the cars are travelling at more than 30 , although the often are, but that the the speed limit needs to be reduced to make our village safer. It is dangerous rat run and traffic needs to slow down especially when passing the school - lots of the other villages surrounding us now have a 20 limit and so should we especially as we have a school, shop, church and pub. It is a busy village with lots of people out and about. I know many people have complained about this preciously but nothing seems to have been done about it - please help keep our residents, their children and their dogs safe by reducing the speed limit.

Council ref: ENQ20871053

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 18:28, Thursday 23 July 2020

  • "Speed limits We use the national guidance on setting speed limits (see government/ uploads/ system/ uploads/ attachment_data/ file/ 63975/ circular-01-2013.pdf ) as a basis for deciding the appropriate speed limit for any specific location – while these do provide some flexibility, a proposal for a limit that was appreciably lower than the currently prevailing speeds would unlikely be judged as appropriate unless traffic calming measures were also introduced. We would therefore usually require speed surveys to be carried out to check on current speeds (we’d be happy to arrange these, but a charge is made – currently £300 + VAT per survey).

    If a preliminary assessment confirmed that a change in limit would comply with these guidelines (and funding available to carry out the administrative work, the changes to the speed limit signs, and – if needed – the traffic calming measures), then the process for promoting a speed limit change is in principle fairly straightforward, although I must stress that we are required to consult widely, and that a decision as to whether to proceed would be taken in the light of the responses received.

    I hope these comments are of help – unfortunately at present we have no funding available to investigate / take forward speed limit proposals, and so the only realistic way this could be progressed is if the parish council were to fund (there are a number of precedents for this; also, quite a number of speed limit changes have been funded from developer contributions).

    It is I’m afraid very difficult to give a reliable cost estimate without carrying out a detailed survey once the proposal has been developed in more detail; however, as a very rough guide, the administrative costs will likely be in the order of £3190. Signing costs will be heavily dependent on the extent of the proposed changes and factors such as the presence of existing poles for any repeater signs needed. The costs of any traffic calming measures that might be needed to support a lower limit would similarly be very dependent on the type and number of features installed.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted anonymously at 15:09, Friday 14 August 2020

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