Council revokes decision to make Haslingden Road 20mph because of drivers' 'frustration' (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Council revokes decision to make Haslingden Road 20mph because of drivers' 'frustration'
11:24am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
THE county council is revoking its decision to make a Haslingden road with three schools a permanent 20mph zone.
Broadway, home to St Veronica’s RC Primary School, Haslingden Primary School and Broadway Primary School, will revert to a 30mph zone outside school starting and finishing times.
At the time most children are travelling to and from the schools, an 822-metre section of road starting at the junction of Helmshore Road, will be a recommended 20mph zone, marked by warning lights.
The part-time 20mph limit is advisory and will not be enforced by law.
It was previously ruled that all residential roads in the county would be 20mph zones, but in a planning report, the council has deemed it an ‘inappropriate’ speed limit for Broadway.
The report says: “The 20mph limit on Broadway is causing frustration for drivers, leading to inappropriate driving behaviour. Revoking the speed limit to 30mph should remove this frustration and lead to better speed limit compliance in the wider area.”
Geoff Driver, former leader of the county council, said: “We said when we brought in the plan to make all residential roads 20mph that we would review things if residents weren’t happy.
“I know Broadway and the 20mph limit caused unnecessary traffic congestion for people on outside school opening and leaving times. This is a sensible decision and I support it.”
When residents of the street were consulted, 56 responses were received, 11 of which objected to the proposal and 45 agreed, or had no objection.
The head of Broadway Primary emailed the county council in support of the changes. The heads of Haslingden High and St Veronica’s did not have any objections.
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