Decision details

Proposed Local Safety Scheme - Wellyhole Street/Constantine Street, Waterhead (Lees) M0978

Decision Maker: Deputy Chief Executive People and Place – Helen Lockwood

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The purpose of this report is to consider the introduction of Road Safety Measures in the form of a Traffic Calming Scheme along Wellyhole Street and Constantine Street in Waterhead, Lees


a Traffic Calming Scheme is introduced along this route comprising of a series of Road Humps (in the form of Speed Cushions and Tables) a mini-roundabout and improvements for non-motorised users where it crosses the Linear Path

Reasons for the decision:

Option 1 - Effective traffic calming schemes rely upon the spacing of an optimum series of physical measures that introduce both horizontal and vertical deflection to vehicles and thereby encourage slower speeds. On some roads the existing geometries (eg narrow sections, bends) can be considered as physical features that compliment any additional measures.
Option 2 - The preferred option along Wellyhole Street / Constantine Street is to introduce such measures consisting of a Speed Table, pairs of Speed Cushions and a Mini-roundabout. It is intended that the preferred option will both slow down drivers that are accessing the area and deter those who are simply using the route as a timesaving shortcut. The benefit of such physical measures is that, correctly spaced, they will not rely on Police enforcement to guarantee slower speeds.
Option 3 - Alternatives to the installation of physical traffic calming measures can include the introduction of traffic signing and road marking schemes that may or may not involve the reduction of the existing speed limit. However, owing to the straight, wide alignment and gradient of the route it is highly unlikely that drivers will comply with such a scheme, particularly in the absence of any Police enforcement activity.
Option 4 - The alternative option of introducing additional traffic signage, enhanced road markings and a reduced speed limit is unlikely to result in any significant reductions in vehicle speeds or rat-running traffic.

Alternative options considered:

The preferred option is to approve the introduction of a series of physical traffic calming measures as shown on drawing number TM4/465/GA/1 attached and detailed in Schedule 1 at the end of this report.

Publication date: 03/12/2018

Date of decision: 03/12/2018

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