Viaduct Road Traffic – update and reactions

During 2014 we had repeated complaints from residents about the unfriendly and unsafe condition of Viaduct Road – detailed elsewhere on the website.

As part of this we had been looking at measures to calm the traffic , which, so we were told, sometimes reached 50mph on a residential street some 400m in length. Over three meetings, December, January and February 2015 we considered various option and possibilities. We were told that money was going to be tight – but that the Council would try to do what it could to help the residents.

True to their word the Council team re-cycled some planters to produce ad-hoc traffic calming. The adverse reaction was intense – from coverage in local media even up to (?) the Daily Mail.

You can read the adverse responses at your leisure, and for the sake of balance there is also a radically opposing view expressed here.

Feedback on measured speeds indicate that average speed has decreased from in excess of 30mph to something slightly over 20mph.

Hopefully, when things have calmed down, we can move forward with sensible long-term improvements which produce responsible traffic speeds, no loss of overall vehicle throughput, and a safer-feeling, more human residential road for visitors and residents alike.