Six 20mph speed zones to be scrapped

20mph speed zones to be scrapped

20mph speed zones to be scrapped

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

SIX mandatory 20mph zones outside schools in East Lancashire are set to be scrapped after problems emerged with the electronic signs used to promote the restriction.

The equipment employed by Lancashire County Council has proved to be unreliable and is being removed - at a cost of £30,000 countywide - and replaced with advisory signs instead.

Affected schools include Sir John Thursby Community College in Burnley as well as primary schools in Gisburn, Blacko, Altham Stubbins and Abbey Village.

Paul Binks, the county council’s road safety manager, said: “The continued inconsistent operation of these signs leaves the council susceptible to criticism and undermines the work of the 20mph speed limit programme.

“The problems occurring could also undermine the other 20mph speed limits by reducing compliance.”

But the decision has met with opposition from councillors concerned at the impact of removing the mandatory element of the schemes.

County councillor Kim Snape, who represent Chorley Rural East, said: “'We get a lot of complaints about speeding on Bolton Road, Abbey Village.

“To make it advisory would make the issue worse and I suspect you will get complaints from the parish council too. People have been killed in the past on that road. It is very heavily residential.”

And Withnell borough councillor Christopher France added: “This is a dangerous road at best, I personally knew an 11-year-old who was killed near the playground in a collision with a vehicle.

“Anything which makes people slow down as they travel through the village is a good idea, especially close to the school gates.”

County officials say that analysis has shown there is no difference in the levels of engagement between mandatory and advisory signs.

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2:28pm Sat 26 Jul 14

HarryBosch says...

I trust that the council will be seeking a refund of the costs of this faulty equipment and not just writing it off!
I trust that the council will be seeking a refund of the costs of this faulty equipment and not just writing it off! HarryBosch
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3:42pm Sat 26 Jul 14

travel happy wanderer says...

What does it matter what signs are up nobody will stick to 20mph. Plus there will be no one about to enforce it. You have more chance of finding hen's teeth than a policeman on the streets.
What does it matter what signs are up nobody will stick to 20mph. Plus there will be no one about to enforce it. You have more chance of finding hen's teeth than a policeman on the streets. travel happy wanderer
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5:14pm Sat 26 Jul 14

ikap22 says...

travel happy wanderer wrote:
What does it matter what signs are up nobody will stick to 20mph. Plus there will be no one about to enforce it. You have more chance of finding hen's teeth than a policeman on the streets.
Pigs will fly before you find hen's teeth.
[quote][p][bold]travel happy wanderer[/bold] wrote: What does it matter what signs are up nobody will stick to 20mph. Plus there will be no one about to enforce it. You have more chance of finding hen's teeth than a policeman on the streets.[/p][/quote]Pigs will fly before you find hen's teeth. ikap22
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6:22pm Sat 26 Jul 14

burner says...

. . . . " County officials say that analysis has shown there is no difference in the levels of engagement between mandatory and advisory signs " . . . . . . what the hell does THAT mean ? Interpreter, please !
. . . . " County officials say that analysis has shown there is no difference in the levels of engagement between mandatory and advisory signs " . . . . . . what the hell does THAT mean ? Interpreter, please ! burner
  • Score: 5

8:20pm Sat 26 Jul 14

JayEss says...

burner wrote:
. . . . " County officials say that analysis has shown there is no difference in the levels of engagement between mandatory and advisory signs " . . . . . . what the hell does THAT mean ? Interpreter, please !
It means that it doesn't matter what signs they use motorists will travel at whatever speed they want. Unless some policing occurs then 20mph is just ignored. The reduced limits could make residential streets safer but only if they are respected...
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: . . . . " County officials say that analysis has shown there is no difference in the levels of engagement between mandatory and advisory signs " . . . . . . what the hell does THAT mean ? Interpreter, please ![/p][/quote]It means that it doesn't matter what signs they use motorists will travel at whatever speed they want. Unless some policing occurs then 20mph is just ignored. The reduced limits could make residential streets safer but only if they are respected... JayEss
  • Score: 4

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