Speed limits to be cut on busy Burnley roads

LIMIT Speeding set to be cut

LIMIT Speeding set to be cut

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

SPEED limits along three of Burnley's busiest roads are set to be cut.

The A646 Rossendale Road, home to Lancashire's second most prolific speed camera, will be reduced to 30mph.

The move will affect the whole route between Cemetery Lane and Creswick Avenue, including Rossendale Road and Glen View Road.

Centenary Way will also be reduced from 40mph to 30mph and part of Burnley Road, Hapton, between Bentley Wood Way and Manchester Road, currently national speed limit, will be cut to 50mph.

Objections have been lodged over the changes by drivers, particularly for the Rossendale Road and Centenary Way proposals.

They say the A646 is a primary route between East Lancashire and West Yorkshire, and should be left alone.

And the affected part of Centenary Way mainly incorporates the flyover, which is lightly developed and has adequate pedestrian crossings already.

But the changes have raised no opposition from Lancashire Police or Burnley Council.

In a report, environment director Jo Turton said: “The A646 Rossendale Road and Glen View Road is a primary route with a key strategic importance.

“However the high accident rate, level of development and use along this section suggests that a 30mph speed limit may be more appropriate than the existing 40mph limit.”

And she told county councillors that Centenary Way was used by many pedestrians.

Mrs Turton added: “The A671 is subject to considerable development in the Burnley town centre area.

“A large superstore and bus station is situated along the relevant length with vehicle access points on both sides of the carriageway operated by a signalised junction.”

County highways have agreed to review a plea by Hapton Parish Council to consider further speed changes along the A679.

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8:46pm Wed 27 Jul 11

bikerjohn_uk says...

All well and good putting speed limits in place, but if you can't enforce them what's the point?
All well and good putting speed limits in place, but if you can't enforce them what's the point? bikerjohn_uk
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8:52pm Wed 27 Jul 11

prince of darkness says...

Getting ready for Xmas extra cash easy pickings.No wonder why its a high earner.But then with the price of petrol who will be driving around.Nice to compare if accident rate reduces after speed altered.Doubt if they will release any data either way.
Getting ready for Xmas extra cash easy pickings.No wonder why its a high earner.But then with the price of petrol who will be driving around.Nice to compare if accident rate reduces after speed altered.Doubt if they will release any data either way. prince of darkness
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9:22pm Wed 27 Jul 11

working chap says...

About time too. Slow down morons - you'll still get to the pub!
About time too. Slow down morons - you'll still get to the pub! working chap
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9:47pm Wed 27 Jul 11

Dickiepayshey says...

Nice one working chap.

However, most of the speeding morons aren't going to the pub.
Nice one working chap. However, most of the speeding morons aren't going to the pub. Dickiepayshey
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10:01pm Wed 27 Jul 11

psch says...

Totally unnecessary measure from car hating zealots
Totally unnecessary measure from car hating zealots psch
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7:25am Thu 28 Jul 11

Unbiased Opinion says...

Ah bikerjohn, but they will!!! This is all just a prelude. Me thinks to watch out for the new speed camera coming soon at the bottom of the hill on Rossendale Rd. Perfect place for a new cash machine.
Ah bikerjohn, but they will!!! This is all just a prelude. Me thinks to watch out for the new speed camera coming soon at the bottom of the hill on Rossendale Rd. Perfect place for a new cash machine. Unbiased Opinion
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8:36am Thu 28 Jul 11

Carlost says...

I'm sure the police and the road people have looked into this carefully and made a correct decision. I drive along many roads in towns and built up areas and wonder why the speed limits aren't lower. Why do some people think they have to drive around as fast as they can? Inconsiderate, bad driving, bad time management and dangerous. I have been driving for over 30yrs and have never had a problem with speed cameras. The only people who pay money via these machines are people who are breaking the law and putting other road users at risk of injury or death.
I'm sure the police and the road people have looked into this carefully and made a correct decision. I drive along many roads in towns and built up areas and wonder why the speed limits aren't lower. Why do some people think they have to drive around as fast as they can? Inconsiderate, bad driving, bad time management and dangerous. I have been driving for over 30yrs and have never had a problem with speed cameras. The only people who pay money via these machines are people who are breaking the law and putting other road users at risk of injury or death. Carlost
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9:21am Thu 28 Jul 11

notchuffed says...

Yes but don't forget the top of the range blacked out windows 4 x 4s, more than likely uninsured on their way to a clandestine rendezvous to either pick up fresh supplies to do their next deal.
Yes but don't forget the top of the range blacked out windows 4 x 4s, more than likely uninsured on their way to a clandestine rendezvous to either pick up fresh supplies to do their next deal. notchuffed
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1:52pm Thu 28 Jul 11

bikerjohn_uk says...

Like you I have no problems with lower speed limits - I've been driving for jsut over 20 years and have never had problems with cameras. I have only ever had one speeding fine and I openly admit that it was my own fault - I was not aware of the limit and I got caught fair and square. I agree that speed limits should be reduced in some places, but my point is there seems little chance of it having any impact where there is no enforcement. In 2010, 50000 people in Lancashire were caught speeding, but of those only just over 21000 were fined (source - BBC website). That's 58 people per day IN THE WHOLE OF LANCASHIRE, so if we assume the normal fine to be £60, that's £3480 per day in speeding fines. It might sound a lot but I'll bet that it barely covers the cost of purchasing and maintaining a speed camera and processing all the data that it generates for the same day. Add to that the fact that Lancashire Police are having to make some pretty swingeing cuts this year so there will in all likelihood be fewer traffic officers out and about. So again my question is, how are the new speed limits to be enforced? There won't be any new cameras, either fixed or mobile (the budget won't stretch to it, and they don't make enough money to cover costs), and there won't be any more officers on duty.
Like you I have no problems with lower speed limits - I've been driving for jsut over 20 years and have never had problems with cameras. I have only ever had one speeding fine and I openly admit that it was my own fault - I was not aware of the limit and I got caught fair and square. I agree that speed limits should be reduced in some places, but my point is there seems little chance of it having any impact where there is no enforcement. In 2010, 50000 people in Lancashire were caught speeding, but of those only just over 21000 were fined (source - BBC website). That's 58 people per day IN THE WHOLE OF LANCASHIRE, so if we assume the normal fine to be £60, that's £3480 per day in speeding fines. It might sound a lot but I'll bet that it barely covers the cost of purchasing and maintaining a speed camera and processing all the data that it generates for the same day. Add to that the fact that Lancashire Police are having to make some pretty swingeing cuts this year so there will in all likelihood be fewer traffic officers out and about. So again my question is, how are the new speed limits to be enforced? There won't be any new cameras, either fixed or mobile (the budget won't stretch to it, and they don't make enough money to cover costs), and there won't be any more officers on duty. bikerjohn_uk
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7:43pm Thu 28 Jul 11

davidinburnley says...

Well t'poor police are strapped fer cash as much as rest on us. They av t'mek money somehow, don't thi?!
Well t'poor police are strapped fer cash as much as rest on us. They av t'mek money somehow, don't thi?! davidinburnley
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